This research was supported by a grant from the French National Agency for Research (ANR-06-BLAN-0011).
Dynamic Adaptation in Child–Adult Language Interaction
Article first published online: 5 MAR 2013
© 2013 Language Learning Research Club, University of Michigan
Volume 63, Issue 2, pages 243–270, June 2013
How to Cite
van Dijk, M., van Geert, P., Korecky-Kröll, K., Maillochon, I., Laaha, S., Dressler, W. U. and Bassano, D. (2013), Dynamic Adaptation in Child–Adult Language Interaction. Language Learning, 63: 243–270. doi: 10.1111/lang.12002
- Issue published online: 10 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 5 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 JUL 2012
- child-directed speech;
- child language;
- dynamic systems;
When speaking to young children, adults adapt their language to that of the child. In this article, we suggest that this child-directed speech (CDS) is the result of a transactional process of dynamic adaptation between the child and the adult. The study compares developmental trajectories of three children to those of the CDS of their caregivers. Furthermore, a mathematical-conceptual model is built that captures the essential dynamics of adaptation in a series of coupled equations. This model is sensitive to changes in the language development of the child. The results show evidence for a dynamic form of adaptation, although there are also clear individual differences.