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ERIC Number: EJ1018603
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 12
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
The Role of Within-Language Vocabulary Size in Children's Semantic Development: Evidence from Bilingual Children
Keith, Margaux; Nicoladis, Elena
Journal of Child Language, v40 n4 p873-884 Sep 2013
This study tested whether bilingual children show a lag in semantic development (the schematic-categorical shift) relative to monolingual children due to smaller vocabularies within a language. Twenty French-English bilingual and twenty English monolingual children (seven to ten years old) participated in a picture-naming task in English. Their errors were coded for schematic or categorical relations. The bilingual children made more schematic errors than monolinguals, a difference that was accounted for statistically by vocabulary score differences. This result suggests that within-language vocabulary size is one important factor in semantic development and may explain why bilingual children sometimes show a lag relative to monolingual children in one of their languages, perhaps the language in which they have received less formal instruction.
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Language: English
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