Retention of idioms following one-time exposure

Christina Reuterskiold, Diana Van Lancker Sidtis

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This study explored retention of idioms and novel (i.e. newly created or grammatically generated) expressions in English-speaking girls following exposure only once during a conversation. Our hypothesis was that idioms, because of their inherent holistic, nonliteral and social characteristics, are acquired differently and more rapidly than novel utterances. Two age groups of typically developing girls, 8-9 and 12-14-year-olds, were exposed to low-frequency idioms and matched novel expressions within a conversational context. Recognition and comprehension of target and nontarget idioms and novel expressions were compared following the exposure period. Ratings were obtained from participants and parents about idiom familiarity. Participants recognized significantly more target idioms than novel expressions following exposure and scored higher on comprehension of target idioms than nontarget idioms. Recognition scores did not differ significantly by age groups, but older children performed significantly better on comprehension of target idioms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-231
Number of pages13
JournalChild Language Teaching and Therapy
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

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Keywords

  • girls
  • idioms
  • naturalistic exposure
  • retention
  • school-age

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Education
  • Speech and Hearing
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics

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Retention of idioms following one-time exposure. / Reuterskiold, Christina; Van Lancker Sidtis, Diana.

In: Child Language Teaching and Therapy, Vol. 29, No. 2, 06.2013, p. 219-231.

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Reuterskiold, Christina ; Van Lancker Sidtis, Diana. / Retention of idioms following one-time exposure. In: Child Language Teaching and Therapy. 2013 ; Vol. 29, No. 2. pp. 219-231.
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