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ERIC Number: EJ894074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Determining Language Dominance in English-Mandarin Bilinguals: Development of a Self-Report Classification Tool for Clinical Use
Lim, Valerie P. C.; Rickard Liow, Susan J.; Lincoln, Michelle; Chan, Yiong, Huak; Onslow, Mark
Applied Psycholinguistics, v29 n3 p389-412 Jul 2008
In multilingual Asian communities, determining language dominance for clinical assessment and intervention is often complex. The aim of this study was to develop a self-report classification tool for identifying the dominant language in English-Mandarin bilinguals. Participants (N = 168) completed a questionnaire on language history and single-word receptive vocabulary tests (Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test type) in both languages. The results of a discriminant analysis on the self-report data revealed a reliable three-way classification into English-dominant, Mandarin-dominant, and balanced bilinguals. The vocabulary scores supported these dominance classifications, whereas the more typical variables such as age of first exposure, years of formal instruction, and years of exposure exerted only a limited influence. The utility of this classification tool in clinical settings is discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test