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Speaking to twin children: evidence against the "impoverishment" thesis

Rendle-Short, Johanna; Skelt, Louise; Bramley, Nicolette


It is often claimed that parents’ talk to twins is less rich than talk to singletons and that this delays their language development. This case study suggests that talk to twins need not be impoverished. We identify highly sophisticated ways in which a mother responds to her 4-year-old twin children, both individually and jointly, as a way of ensuring an inclusive interactional environment. She uses gaze to demonstrate concurrent recipiency in response to simultaneous competition for attention...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015-02-25
Type: Journal article
Source: Research on Language and Social Interaction
DOI: 10.1080/08351813.2015.993846
Access Rights: Open Access


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