NZILBB Seminar with Christine Cox Eriksson

Department of English, Dalarna University


Early communicative development in Swedish children

Research on children’s early language development sheds light on later language and literacy acquisition. This presentation gives an overview of my relatively recent doctoral work from the Department of Special Education at Stockholm University (Cox Eriksson, 2014), as well as ongoing reanalysis of the data. The thesis investigates the early vocabulary development of a sample of Swedish children aged 12-30 months and examines this in relation to parental input and other early communicative skills, including early gestures and grammatical ability. Three studies focus on various aspects of this development, with data collected using the Swedish version of the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (CDI) and audio recordings of parent-child interaction. The current reanalysis employs a mixed linear model to explore vocabulary and grammar trajectories, as well as the effects of covariates such as gender and the use of the pointing gesture at 12 months.

Tuesday 17 October, 1pm in Locke 104a