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ERIC Number: EJ1027445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
A Longitudinal Study of Lexical Development in Children Learning Vietnamese and English
Pham, Giang; Kohnert, Kathryn
Child Development, v85 n2 p767-782 Mar-Apr 2014
This longitudinal study modeled lexical development among children who spoke Vietnamese as a first language (L1) and English as a second language (L2). Participants (n = 33, initial mean age of 7.3 years) completed a total of eight tasks (four in each language) that measured vocabulary knowledge and lexical processing at four yearly time points. Multivariate hierarchical linear modeling was used to calculate L1 and L2 trajectories within the same model for each task. Main findings included (a) positive growth in each language, (b) greater gains in English resulting in shifts toward L2 dominance, and (c) different patterns for receptive and expressive domains. Timing of shifts to L2 dominance underscored L1 skills that are resilient and vulnerable to increases in L2 proficiency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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