The company that words keep: comparing the statistical structure of child- versus adult-directed language.

@article{Hills2013TheCT,
  title={The company that words keep: comparing the statistical structure of child- versus adult-directed language.},
  author={Thomas T. Hills},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  year={2013},
  volume={40 3},
  pages={
          586-604
        }
}
Does child-directed language differ from adult-directed language in ways that might facilitate word learning? Associative structure (the probability that a word appears with its free associates), contextual diversity, word repetitions and frequency were compared longitudinally across six language corpora, with four corpora of language directed at children aged 1.0 to 5.0, and two adult-directed corpora representing spoken and written language. Statistics were adjusted relative to shuffled… CONTINUE READING

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