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Language development as related to stage 6 object permanence development*

  • Roberta Corrigan (a1)

A longitudinal study of three children examined the relation between object permanence and language development. Unlike other studies, an independent measure of object permanence development was provided. While there was not a one-to-one correspondence between object permanence and language, there were relations at certain points in development. There was a rough relationship between the onset of stage 6 of object permanence and the onset of single-word utterances. Total vocabulary showed a large increase around the time of entrance into the preoperational period of object permanence development. At the same time, the semantic categories Nonexistence and Recurrence appeared. No differences were found in the use of function forms and substantive forms before object permanence development.

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This paper is based on a doctoral dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology, University of Denver in 1976. An earlier, shorter version of the paper was presented at the Stanford Child Language Research Forum, Stanford University, 2–4 April 1976. The research was undertaken while the author was an NIMH predoctoral fellow, 5FOI MH55918-02 MTHL. The research was also supported by a Grant Foundation grant for graduate student research to Dr Marshall Haith and a Spencer Foundation grant to Dr Kurt Fischer. I would like to thank Dr Kurt Fischer, Dr Brian MacWhinney, and Dr Marshall Haith for their suggestions on various phases of the research and manuscript preparation. Marilyn Gould and Paul Corbitt helped with videotaping, as did Naomi Rymer, who also helped with tape transcriptions and reliability checks. Address for correspondence: Department of Educational Psychology, Enderis Hall, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201.

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