The Dimensionality of Language Ability in Young Children

Laura M. Justice, Richard Lomax, Ann O'Connell, Jill Pentimonti, Stephen A. Petrill, Shayne B. Piasta, Shelley Gray, Maria Restrepo, Kate Cain, Hugh Catts, Mindy Bridges, Diane Nielsen, Tiffany Hogan, Jim Bovaird, J. Ron Nelson

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The purpose of this study was to empirically examine the dimensionality of language ability for young children (4-8 years) from prekindergarten to third grade (n = 915), theorizing that measures of vocabulary and grammar ability will represent a unitary trait across these ages, and to determine whether discourse skills represent an additional source of variance in language ability. Results demonstrated emergent dimensionality of language across development with distinct factors of vocabulary, grammar, and discourse skills by third grade, confirming that discourse skills are an important source of variance in children's language ability and represent an important additional dimension to be accounted for in studying growth in language skills over the course of childhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1948-1965
Number of pages18
JournalChild Development
Volume86
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

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Vocabulary
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discourse
vocabulary
Child Language
Language Development
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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education

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Justice, L. M., Lomax, R., O'Connell, A., Pentimonti, J., Petrill, S. A., Piasta, S. B., ... Ron Nelson, J. (2015). The Dimensionality of Language Ability in Young Children. Child Development, 86(6), 1948-1965. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12450

The Dimensionality of Language Ability in Young Children. / Justice, Laura M.; Lomax, Richard; O'Connell, Ann; Pentimonti, Jill; Petrill, Stephen A.; Piasta, Shayne B.; Gray, Shelley; Restrepo, Maria; Cain, Kate; Catts, Hugh; Bridges, Mindy; Nielsen, Diane; Hogan, Tiffany; Bovaird, Jim; Ron Nelson, J.

In: Child Development, Vol. 86, No. 6, 01.11.2015, p. 1948-1965.

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Justice, LM, Lomax, R, O'Connell, A, Pentimonti, J, Petrill, SA, Piasta, SB, Gray, S, Restrepo, M, Cain, K, Catts, H, Bridges, M, Nielsen, D, Hogan, T, Bovaird, J & Ron Nelson, J 2015, 'The Dimensionality of Language Ability in Young Children', Child Development, vol. 86, no. 6, pp. 1948-1965. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12450
Justice LM, Lomax R, O'Connell A, Pentimonti J, Petrill SA, Piasta SB et al. The Dimensionality of Language Ability in Young Children. Child Development. 2015 Nov 1;86(6):1948-1965. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12450
Justice, Laura M. ; Lomax, Richard ; O'Connell, Ann ; Pentimonti, Jill ; Petrill, Stephen A. ; Piasta, Shayne B. ; Gray, Shelley ; Restrepo, Maria ; Cain, Kate ; Catts, Hugh ; Bridges, Mindy ; Nielsen, Diane ; Hogan, Tiffany ; Bovaird, Jim ; Ron Nelson, J. / The Dimensionality of Language Ability in Young Children. In: Child Development. 2015 ; Vol. 86, No. 6. pp. 1948-1965.
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