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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Narrative performance and sociopragmatic abilities in preschool children are linked to multimodal imitation skills
Authors: Castillo, Eva
Pronina, Mariia
Hübscher, Iris
Prieto, Pilar
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1017/S0305000921000404
Published in: Journal of Child Language
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0305-0009
Language: English
Subjects: Multimodal imitation; Narrative performance; Sociopragmatic ability; Object-based imitation; Preschool child
Subject (DDC): 401.9: Psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics
Abstract: Over recent decades much research has analyzed the relevance of 9- to 20- month-old infants’ early imitation skills (object- and language-based imitation) for language development. Yet there have been few systematic comparisons of the joint relevance of these imitative behaviors later on in development. This correlational study investigated whether multimodal imitation (gestural, prosodic, and lexical components) and object-based imitation are related to narratives and sociopragmatics in preschoolers. Thirty-one typically developing 3- to 4-year-old children performed four tasks to assess multimodal imitation, object-based imitation, narrative abilities, and sociopragmatic abilities. Results revealed that both narrative and sociopragmatic skills were significantly related to multimodal imitation, but not to object-based imitation, indicating that preschoolers’ ability to imitate socially relevant multimodal cues is strongly related to language and sociocommunicative skills. Therefore, this evidence supports a broader conceptualization of imitation behaviors in the field of language development that systematically integrates prosodic, gestural, and verbal linguistic patterns.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Language Competence (ILC)
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