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ERIC Number: ED082184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 314
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Children's Acquisition of Spanish and English Morphological Systems and Noun Phrases.
Martinez-Bernal, Janet Ayers
In this experimental study for developing a bilingual diagnostic language test, findings in English and Spanish about monolingual language acquisition were used in designing materials to investigate the bilingual language acquisition (English and Spanish) of children five to eight years old in Tucson, Arizona. Attention was focused on acquisition of the morphological systems and of noun phrases of varying degrees of length and complexity. Results indicated that both the linguistic content and the testing techniques were appropriate for children of this age, and that errors could be classified with a combination of data about native language acquisition and contrastive analysis. The research materials show that it is feasible to use psycholinguistic research techniques to study language development of bilingual children in a school setting. The subjects appear to be acquiring both English and Spanish in substantially the same way as children who are monolingual in each language. Neither language seems to be a "second" language for these subjects. (Author/DI)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Georgetown University