A longitudinal assessment of the home literacy environment and early language
Article first published online: 1 MAY 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Infant and Child Development
Volume 20, Issue 6, pages 409–431, November/December 2011
How to Cite
Schmitt, S. A., Simpson, A. M. and Friend, M. (2011), A longitudinal assessment of the home literacy environment and early language. Inf. Child Develop., 20: 409–431. doi: 10.1002/icd.733
- Issue published online: 15 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 1 MAY 2011
- home literacy environment;
- language development;
- receptive vocabulary;
- expressive vocabulary
This longitudinal assessment concentrated on the relation between the home literacy environment (HLE) and early language acquisition during infancy and toddlerhood. In study 1, after controlling for socio-economic status, a broadly defined HLE predicted language comprehension in 50 infants. In study 2, 27 children returned for further analyses. Findings revealed that the HLE measured in infancy predicted language production in toddlerhood and maternal redirecting behaviours measured in toddlerhood were negatively associated with expressive language. Results across both studies indicate the importance of a broadly defined HLE (including joint attention and parent–child conversation) for language development. Taken together, these findings highlight the importance of the HLE in supporting both receptive and expressive vocabulary growth in the second and third years of life. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.