ERIC Number: ED149605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Bilingual Behavior and Social Cues: Case Studies of Two Bilingual Children.
Fantini, Alvino E.
This study examines one aspect of sociolinguistics: social cues affecting the choice of language in the speech of children bilingual in Spanish and English. The study is based on data collected from the speech of two children, from birth to age nine in the first case and from birth to five in the second. Analysis focussed on the identification of those social factors which the children considered in selecting the appropriate code to use in each instance. Even though their less dominant language (English) was slightly delayed in onset, appropriate code selection was clearly manifest toward the end of the second year in both cases. The factors which appeared to influence choice were, first of all, the interlocutors, secondly the setting, and next the function and form of the speech act. Each of these areas was tempered by additional considerations as time went on. Surprisingly, however, the topic of conversation was not a factor causing either child to favor one or the other of their available codes. Through analysis of the data, it is possible to identify not only the temporal order in which each social factor became of importance, but also to specify a hierarchical order of importance of these factors. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, Case Studies, Child Language, Code Switching (Language), Discourse Analysis, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Language Usage, Social Influences, Sociolinguistics, Spanish, Speech Communication
Hornbeam Press, Inc., 6520 Courtwood Drive, Colombia, South Carolina 29206 (To be published as "Language Choice and Social Variables: Case Studies of Two Bilingual Children" in "Aspects of Bilingualism")
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (2nd, Boston, Massachusetts, Dept. 30-Oct. 1, 1977)