ERIC Number: ED274195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
The Language Environment of Children with a Non-English Speaking Background.
Rado, Marta; Foster, Lois
A study comparing some grammatical and discourse features of the language of native-English-speaking and non-native-English-speaking parents of primary school children found that those children whose parents address them in interlanguage of English, frequently the case when the parent has not achieved native fluency, often need to repair the language of their parents in various ways in order to make it intelligible. Features examined include alternation between native language and interlanguage English, number of words used in utterances, fillers, routine utterances, connectives, error patterns, message restoration, and omissions. Social, linguistic, and educational implications are discussed. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Ethnicity and Multiculturalism National Research Conference (Melbourne, Australia, May 14-16, 1986).