Social Philosophy

Tuning in and Talking: how parents can influence their children's language development

Professor Julian Pine
25th January 2018, 7:00pm
RNCM

This lecture will focus on how parents can influence their children's language development by tuning into what they are interested in and talking about it. It will begin by discussing research which shows that parents who talk about what is in their infant's current focus of attention tend to have children who go on to develop larger vocabularies.

 

Professor Pine will move on to discuss research which shows that parents who take the incomplete sentences that their toddlers produce and fill in the gaps tend to have children who learn word endings more quickly. Finally he will describe an intervention study which takes the idea of tuning in and talking, then show how this can be used to boost language learning in children from families of low 

socio-economic status.

 

About the Speaker

Julian Pine is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Liverpool and Co-Director of the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD). His PhD research focused on individual differences in language development and their relation to maternal style, and he has since conducted research on vocabulary and grammatical development in a range of different languages including English, Spanish, German and Japanese.

 

Professor Pine is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between children’s early vocabulary and grammatical development as well as the properties of the language to which they are exposed. 

Julian Pine is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Liverpool and Co-Director of the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD). His PhD research focused on individual differences in language development and their relation to maternal style, and he has since conducted research on vocabulary and grammatical development in a range of different languages including English, Spanish, German and Japanese.

 

Professor Pine is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between children’s early vocabulary and grammatical development as well as the properties of the language to which they are exposed. 

 

 

Menu for Supper

Steamed salmon with a hollandaise sauce with new potatoes and vegetables

Stuffed peppers with tomato sauce (v)

New York cheese cake with raspberry coulis

Fresh fruit salad

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