ERIC Number: ED180264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Question Form and Meaning in the Speech of Young Children Learning French. Working Papers on Bilingualism, No. 18.
Lightbown, Patsy M.
This paper is based on a longitudinal study of the development of questions in the spontaneous speech of two anglophone boys learning French by attending French language schools. The development of form-meaning relations in information questions in the children's French L2 speech was examined and comparisons were made with the same form-meaning development in the speech of children learning their first language. In addition, the use of word order inversion in questions in the learners' speech was compared to the use of inversion by the adult native speaker who interacted with them in the tape recorded play sessions on which the study is based. The results show clearly the necessity for examining L2 learners' speech in context and for comparing L2 learners' speech with that of native speakers. (Author)
Descriptors: Children, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Error Analysis (Language), Error Patterns, Form Classes (Languages), French, Interlanguage, Language Acquisition, Language Patterns, Language Processing, Language Research, Listening Comprehension, Pronouns, Psycholinguistics, Questioning Techniques, Second Language Learning, Sentence Structure
Bilingual Education Project, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M58 1V6
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of the Secretary of State, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Bilingual Education Project.