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ERIC Number: EJ1163857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
In Few Words: Linguistic Gap but Adequate Narrative Structure in Preschool Bilingual Children
Bonifacci, Paola; Barbieri, Margherita; Tomassini, Marta; Roch, Maja
Journal of Child Language, v45 n1 p120-147 Jan 2018
The aim of this study was to compare linguistic and narrative skills of monolingual and bilingual preschoolers and to estimate linguistic predictors of the macro-structural level of narratives. A battery of linguistic measures in Italian was administered to sixty-four Monolinguals and sixty-four Early Bilinguals; it included Vocabulary, Phonological Awareness, Morphosyntactic Comprehension, Phonological Memory, Letter Knowledge, and Story Sequencing tasks. The narratives produced in the Story Sequencing task were coded. Bilinguals underachieved, compared to monolinguals, in vocabulary, phonological awareness and morphosyntactic comprehension; they also differed in Type and Token indexes and in free morphology, but not in the level of macro-structural complexity. Macro-structural parameters were predicted by Mean Length of Utterances in monolinguals, but not in bilinguals. Bilingual children are able to structure stories in their L2 with monolingual-like cohesive complexity, although 'in few words', that is, with weak L2 linguistic skills.
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Language: English
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