Children’s Comprehension of Idioms in the Context of Humor Comprehension of idioms embedded in the context of humor was examined for 90 third, fourth, and fifth grade children (30 children from each grade). Tasks involved detection and explanation of the idioms. Results show that, as expected, detection tasks were significantly easier than explanation tasks for all grades, and significant ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 1996
Children’s Comprehension of Idioms in the Context of Humor
 
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  • Cecile C. Spector
    Private Practice, 6 Green Hill Lane, Spring Valley, NY 10977
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Research Article   |   October 01, 1996
Children’s Comprehension of Idioms in the Context of Humor
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1996, Vol. 27, 307-313. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2704.307
History: Received October 24, 1994 , Accepted September 7, 1995
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1996, Vol. 27, 307-313. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2704.307
History: Received October 24, 1994; Accepted September 7, 1995

Comprehension of idioms embedded in the context of humor was examined for 90 third, fourth, and fifth grade children (30 children from each grade). Tasks involved detection and explanation of the idioms. Results show that, as expected, detection tasks were significantly easier than explanation tasks for all grades, and significant improvement in understanding occurs with age. The data seem to suggest that idiom comprehension is affected by the level of idiom transparency, the degree of contextual support available in the humor items, and the level of familiarity of the idioms. These factors need to be studied further.

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