Effects of enhanced parental input on young children's vocabulary development and subsequent literacy development

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2009
End date: 30/12/2013
Funding: 5070000 SEK


The proposal is part of the international project consortium “The Emergence of Language: Social, educational and clinical aspects of language acquisition”. A wide range of conditions for language and literacy acquisition is represented among the participant countries. While vocabulary and phonological skills both have a strong impact on literacy attainment, vocabulary development seems to be mainly nurture driven, while phonological development seems to be mainly nature driven. An evidence based naturalistic family intervention program for 45 Swedish children 18 to 30 months of age with a language development in the lower performance quartile will be implemented, with the aim to study causal links between the intervention, immediate language development and subsequent literacy attainment. A “single-subject multiple base line” design will be applied. A focal interest is to ascertain the interaction between home language environment and pre school qualities in the development of emergent literacy skills up to an including the first school year. Depending on national funding, the study will be replicated in the other fours participant countries, and analysed using HLM technique. Research based language intervention for children has with very few exceptions concerned children with some kind of language pathology. The current project represents an educational approach to enhancing language development.

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