ERIC Number: ED255051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Becoming Bilingual During Early Childhood. Bilingual Education Paper Series, Vol. 6, No. 7.
Garcia, Eugene E.
Spanish-English bilingual and monolingual English children aged 3-5 years were recorded in interaction with their mothers. Bilingual children were recorded twice each month, once in Spanish and once in English, and were also observed in a home situation. An analysis of the recorded language was done using selected morphological and syntactic features. An analysis of home language use was also performed for the bilingual children. Results indicate: (1) a definite bilingual proficiency character with greater proficiency in English; (2) no significant difference on English measures between bilingual and monolingual children; and (3) a differential language use pattern for Spanish and English by bilingual children in the home. The results provide new insights into the bilingual acquisition phenomenon in early childhood. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Dept. of Linguistics.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Los Angeles. Evaluation, Dissemination and Assessment Center.
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the International Association of Behavioral Development (Toronto, Ontario, 1982).