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ERIC Number: EJ890913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Sociolinguistic Awareness and False Belief in Young Cantonese Learners of English
Cheung, Him; Mak, Wing Yan; Luo, Xueying; Xiao, Wen
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v107 n2 p188-194 Oct 2010
In this study, we examined whether sociolinguistic awareness and false belief were uniquely related in 3- and 4-year-old Cantonese-speaking children learning English as a second language. The English-use background of these children varied so that they possessed sociolinguistic awareness to different degrees. Results indicated that sociolinguistic awareness predicted false belief uniquely after controlling for age, nonverbal intelligence, English vocabulary, and family income for both the second language learners and the more balanced bilinguals. The group difference in false belief was adequately explained by the corresponding difference in sociolinguistic awareness over and above the other variables. Such findings provide evidence for the claim that false belief understanding is critically related to sociolinguistic awareness, which in turn is influenced by how a second language is learned. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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