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Peer talk analyses

Peer talk analyses


A corpus of peer talk conversations among Hebrew-speaking children aged 2-8 years has been the subject of several developmental psycholinguistic analyses. The corpus was recorded and transcribed by Helli Zwilling in 2009 as part of the Vienna morphological development group endeavor. This is a corpus of free conversations in triads of preschool children in the following age groups: 2-2;6, 2;6-3, 3-4, 4-5, 5-6, and 7-8. Each age group consisted of nine children in three different triads, each recorded for 30 minutes.

So far, the following linguistic topics have been investigated in the peer talk corpus. Each study is a separate MA study.

  1. Noun plurals (Zwilling, 2009)

  2. Dual nouns (Zohar, under way)

  3. Mental verbs (Egoz Libstein, 2010)

  4. Verba dicendi (Gwarel, 2013)

  5. Motion verbs (Berger, under way)

  6. Resultative adjectives (Pe’er Negrano, 2013)

  7. Compounding (Assuline Tzabar, 2013)

  8. Roots and binyanim (Eitan, under way)

  9. Grammatical subjects (Elbaz, under way)

The table below shows some information regarding the peer talk database.

Mean Turn Length

# Turns

# Words

Age Group

1.98

1517

3007

2;0 – 2;6

2.78

1436

3994

2;6 – 3;0

3.04

1714

5206

3;0 – 4;0

3.53

1696

5984

4;0 – 5;0

3.49

1912

6676

5;0 – 6;0

3.86

2155

8325

7;0 – 8;0

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