The Little Kids’ Word List is ready to use!

Go to: The Little Kids’ Word List The Little Kids’ Word List is a fun way to see which words children know and say in Eastern & Central Arrernte, Warlpiri and English. It was developed from talking with families and recording the words people say to little kids. It will be helpful for families andContinue reading “The Little Kids’ Word List is ready to use!”

International authorisation for the Little Kids Word List!

Good news – we meet an international standard! The Little Kids Word List (LKWL) is now authorised by the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories Advisory Board. This means that it is an internationally-recognised way of keeping track of young children’s language development in four languages spoken in Central Australia. It will be ready for families andContinue reading “International authorisation for the Little Kids Word List!”

Talking to people about the Little Kids’ Word List

Vanessa and Carmel have presented about the Little Kids’ Word List at the Australian National University Culture and Language Education Symposium (Nov 25, 2021), and the Australian Linguistic Society Annual Conference, in a symposium about Australian Indigenous Children’s Languages (Dec 3, 2021). It looks like lots of people are interested in learning about the wordsContinue reading “Talking to people about the Little Kids’ Word List”

We’ve tried out the Little Kids’ Word List!

We’ve now tried out the Little Kids Word List with the parents of 10 children, 5 girls and 5 boys. We tried out the word list for kids aged 1 – 1 & 1/2, and aged 2-4. It worked well! There are a few things we need to fix and the app developer is workingContinue reading “We’ve tried out the Little Kids’ Word List!”

Trying out the Little Kids Word List!

The online Little Kids Word List is being tried out with families! The word list is nearly ready to be used by families and health and education people. Before it’s ready, we’re trying it out to make sure that it’s easy to use, fun to use, and that parents think that the words in itContinue reading “Trying out the Little Kids Word List!”

Talks about the Little Kids Word List

The Little Kids Learning Languages team have been talking with interested groups about the Little Kids’ Word List we are developing. We have talked with the teams at Desert Therapy and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Family Partnership Program. We presented a paper at the Knowledge Intersections Symposium at the Desert Knowledge Precinct.

Talk given at First Nations Languages & Health Communication Symposium

Josh Roberts, Vanessa Davis and Denise Foster of Tangentyere Research Hub, and Carmel O’Shannessy presented at the First Nations Languages & Health Communication Symposium on May 13, 2021, hosted by the Menzies School of Health Research. The talk, Ketyeye akweke angkantye akaltye-irreme | Kurdu-kurdu kalu yimi pina-jarrimi | Little kids learning languages reports on the method of this project: TrackingContinue reading “Talk given at First Nations Languages & Health Communication Symposium”

Why talk about picture books?

We know that reading books is important, but these books don’t have any written words. Why not? Adults and children love to tell and listen to stories, and they love to talk about picture books. Using books with no written words has some advantages: Everyone can tell their own version of the story, they don’tContinue reading “Why talk about picture books?”

Is baby talk good for my baby?

Baby talk, or infant-directed speech, is a way of talking to very young children that is different from how adults talk to other adults. Many cultures in the world, but not all, have a special way of talking to babies and young children. Sometimes families worry about using baby talk, because they think it willContinue reading “Is baby talk good for my baby?”