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ERIC Number: EJ895398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1058-0360
The Effects of Measures of Language Experience and Language Ability on Segmental Accuracy in Bilingual Children
Goldstein, Brian A.; Bunta, Ferenc; Lange, Jenny; Rodriguez, Jenny; Burrows, Lauren
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, v19 n3 p238-247 Aug 2010
Purpose: The present study investigated the effects of selected measures of language experience (parent-reported estimates of frequency of output and language use) and language ability (parent-reported language proficiency and mean length of utterance in words) on the segmental accuracy of Spanish- and English-speaking bilingual children. Method: The phonological skills of 50 typically developing bilingual Spanish-English children (mean age = 5;9 [years;months]) were examined. Independent variables included parent estimates of language use, language proficiency, and frequency of language output (5 groups), as well as a direct language measure (mean length of utterance in words) to predict the dependent segmental accuracy measures (percentage of consonants and vowels correct). Results: Frequency of language output did not have an effect on any of the English or Spanish segmental accuracy measures. However, parent-reported language use and language proficiency as well as the direct measure of language ability (mean length of utterance in words) had various effects on segmental accuracy. Those effects differed, however, in language-specific patterns. Conclusions: Parental estimates of language use and language proficiency are useful for predicting the phonological skills of bilingual Spanish- and English-speaking children, and augmenting them with a direct measure of language ability as a predictor of segmental accuracy is desirable. (Contains 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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