Nursery World Magazine: Communication & Language Series

LuCiD researchers have written several articles on communication and language for Nursery World Magazine. Nursery World Magazine is a fortnightly magazine available in print and online. All of our articles will be available in open access on this page. 

All about contingent talk

Dr Danielle Matthews, Dr Michelle McGillion and Prof Julian Pine

12th December 2016

One style of talking that seems to be particularly important in the nine- to 18-month period is what is referred to as contingent talk. This involves tuning into what a baby is interested in and then talking with them about it. Danielle Matthews, Michelle McGillion and Julian Pine explain more.

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My Mistake

Prof Julian Pine

16th November 2015

When learning a language, children often say things that don’t sound quite right. In the last article in this series, Professor Julian Pine explains why ‘clever mistakes’ are often a sign of progress.

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Dog Eats Man

Prof Elena Lieven

19th October 2015

In our fifth article Prof Elena Lieven explains how different language rules and cultural attitudes to how children learn provide some valuable insights for practitioners working with bilingual children. 

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Confused?

Prof Ludovica Serratrice and Dr Samantha Durrant

21st September 2015 

What is it like growing up with two languages, and how does it affect development? In our fourth article, Dr Ludovica Serratrice (University of Manchester) and Dr Samantha Durrant (University of Liverpool) address some common misunderstandings and provide the facts.

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A Formal Occasion

Prof Anna Theakston

24th August 2015 

On entering Reception, children are exposed to the world of
‘formal’ language. In the third part of our series on communication,
Dr Anna Theakston from the University of Manchester explains what it is and how to support it.

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Dr Rebecca Frost, Dr Katherine Twomey, Dr Gemma Taylor, Prof Gert Westermann and Prof Padraic Monaghan

27th July 2015 edition 

How well children learn words is influenced by many things, including the environment and the manner in which adults speak to them. In our second article for Nursery World Magazine our communication experts from Lancaster University explain why.

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Prof Caroline Rowland and Dr Michelle Peter

15th June 2015 

A 'language-rich' environment both at home and in the nursery is vital if a child is to progress easily through the many stages of early speech development. In the first of a series on communication and language, Professor Caroline Rowland and Dr Michelle Peter explain why.

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