Infant vocabulary development assessed with a British communicative development inventory

J Child Lang. 2000 Oct;27(3):689-705. doi: 10.1017/s0305000900004414.


Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs) were collected from 669 British children aged between 1;0 and 2;1. Comprehension and production scores in each age group are calculated. This provides norming data for the British infant population. The influence of socioeconomic group on vocabulary scores is considered and shown not to have a significant effect. The data from British infants is compared to data from American infants (Fenson, Dale, Reznick, Bates, Thal & Pethick, 1994). It is found that British infants have lower scores on both comprehension and production than American infants of the same age.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child Language*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Communication*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Verbal Behavior*
  • Vocabulary*