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ERIC Number: EJ892961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Sentence Interpretation by Typically Developing Vietnamese-English Bilingual Children
Pham, Giang; Kohnert, Kathryn
Applied Psycholinguistics, v31 n3 p507-529 Jul 2010
We examined developing bilinguals' use of animacy and word order cues during sentence interpretation tasks administered in each of their languages. Participants were 6- to 8-year-old children who learned Vietnamese as a first language and English as a second language (n = 23). Participants listened to simple sentences and identified the agent or "doer" of the action. English-only peers (n = 23) served as a comparison group. Results indicated that the bilingual group relied more on animacy than the English-only group when interpreting sentences in English and that the bilingual group used a blending or "amalgamation" of cues to interpret English and Vietnamese sentences. Significant within-group variation in cue preference was investigated as a function of age and proficiency in the first language and second language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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