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Mothers' social regulatory language to young children in family settings

dc.contributor.authorHalle, Tamaraen_US
dc.contributor.authorShatz, Marilynen_US
dc.identifier.citationHalle, Tamara; Shatz, Marilyn (1994). "Mothers' social regulatory language to young children in family settings." First Language 14(40): 083-104. <>en_US
dc.description.abstractWe investigate the language mothers use to regulate social conduct in family settings with their older (4- to 5-year-old) and younger (2-year-old) children. Samples of spontaneous conversations between British mothers and their children were collected over six months. Twenty-five percent of mothers' child- directed speech was social regulatory, with significantly more such language directed to younger children. Although the most common kind of regulatory language directed to both children was imperative mands used prescriptively, our data also suggest permission statements to younger children were used often to restrict activity, whereas permission statements to older children were used largely to permit activity. We discuss results with regard to maternal sensitivity to children's developmental differences, conversational constraints in family settings, and possible cultural influences on speech styles.en_US
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dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_US
dc.titleMothers' social regulatory language to young children in family settingsen_US
dc.subject.hlbtoplevelSocial Sciencesen_US
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Revieweden_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumUniversity of Michiganen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumUniversity of Michiganen_US
dc.identifier.sourceFirst Languageen_US
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