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ERIC Number: EJ1017880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1366-7289
Object and Action Naming in Russian- and German-Speaking Monolingual and Bilingual Children
Klassert, Annegret; Gagarina, Natalia; Kauschke, Christina
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v17 n1 p73-88 Jan 2014
The present study investigates the influence of word category on naming performance in two populations: bilingual and monolingual children. The question is whether and, if so, to what extent monolingual and bilingual children differ with respect to noun and verb naming and whether a noun bias exists in the lexical abilities of bilingual children. Picture naming of objects and actions by Russian-German bilingual children (aged 4-7 years) was compared to age-matched monolingual children. The results clearly demonstrate a naming deficit of bilingual children in comparison to monolingual children that increases with age. Noun learning is more fragile in bilingual contexts than is verb learning. In bilingual language acquisition, nouns do not predominate over verbs as much as is seen in monolingual German and Russian children. The results are discussed with respect to semantic-conceptual aspects and language-specific features of nouns and verbs, and the impact of input on the acquisition of these word categories.
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Language: English
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