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ERIC Number: EJ875119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
The Home Language Environment of Monolingual and Bilingual Children and Their Language Proficiency
Scheele, Anna F.; Leseman, Paul P. M.; Mayo, Aziza Y.
Applied Psycholinguistics, v31 n1 p117-140 Jan 2010
This study investigated the relationships between home language learning activities and vocabulary in a sample of monolingual native Dutch (n = 58) and bilingual immigrant Moroccan-Dutch (n = 46) and Turkish-Dutch (n = 55) 3-year-olds, speaking Tarifit-Berber, a nonscripted language, and Turkish as their first language (L1), respectively. Despite equal domain general cognitive abilities, Dutch children scored higher than the bilingual children on a L1 vocabulary test, and Moroccan-Dutch children had higher second language (L2) vocabulary skills compared to Turkish-Dutch children. Multigroup analyses revealed strong impact on both L1 and L2 skills of language specific input in literate and oral activities. Finally, indications were found of positive cross-language transfer from L1 to L2 as well as competition between L1 and L2 input. (Contains 6 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands