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The semantic relations of Korean children's multiword utterances in Yanji, China

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2004, 17(4), pp.75-90
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science

Kwi-Og Lee 1 이혜련 2

1대구미래대학
2경북대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to investigate categories of semantic relations between words in the early multiword utterances in order to examine the semantic relations' development of Korean-Chinese bilingual children and difference with monolingual of semantic relations categories. The subjects of this study were 35 children from 1 to 3 years of age and divided two groups using Brown's I stage and II stage. Each child's spontaneous natural speech during interaction with his/her caregiver was videotaped for about 30 minutes in which the same toys were provided as those at the nursery school attended by the child. The children's spontaneous utterances were transcribed and analysed for the semantic relations using Retherford's(1987) 20 semantic roles and KCLA(Korean Computerized Language Analysis 2.0, 2000). According the semantic roles, we analysed children's two-unit and three-unit semantic relations, then analyzed percentage of children and ranking of categories in terms of the frequency of occurrence and compared this data with studies of monolingual children. The result showed that children of II stage more used almost semantic relations than of I stage, especially in three-unit semantic relations children of II stage more frequently used than children of I stage. This result indicated that there was a similar developmental sequence in the several semantic categories. Comparing this data with monolingual children identified that bilingual children's development of relation delayed than monolingual. So, this study is consistent with De Houwer(1995) and Gathercole(in press).

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