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ERIC Number: EJ1070667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Vowel Development in an Emergent Mandarin-English Bilingual Child: A Longitudinal Study
Yang, Jing; Fox, Robert A.; Jacewicz, Ewa
Journal of Child Language, v42 n5 p1125-1145 Sep 2015
This longitudinal case study documents the emergence of bilingualism in a young monolingual Mandarin boy on the basis of an acoustic analysis of his vowel productions recorded via a picture-naming task over 20 months following his enrollment in an all-English (L2) preschool at the age of 3;7. The study examined (1) his initial L2 vowel space, (2) the process of L1-L2 separation, and (3) his L1 vowel system in relation to L2. The child initially utilized his L1 base in building the L2 vowel system. The L1-L2 separation started from a drastic restructuring of his working vowel space to create maximal contrast between the two languages. Meanwhile, L1 developmental processes and influence of L2 on L1 were also in effect. The developmental profile of this child uncovered strategies sequential bilingual children may use to restructure their phonetic space and construct a new system of contrasts in L2.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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