ERIC Number: EJ899236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
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Profile Effects in Early Bilingual Language and Literacy
Oller, D. Kimbrough; Pearson, Barbara Z.; Cobo-Lewis, Alan B.
Applied Psycholinguistics, v28 n2 p191-230 Apr 2007
Bilingual children's language and literacy is stronger in some domains than others. Reanalysis of data from a broad-scale study of monolingual English and bilingual Spanish-English learners in Miami provided a clear demonstration of "profile effects," where bilingual children perform at varying levels compared to monolinguals across different test types. The profile effects were strong and consistent across conditions of socioeconomic status, language in the home, and school setting (two way or English immersion). The profile effects indicated comparable performance of bilingual and monolingual children in basic reading tasks, but lower vocabulary scores for the bilinguals in both languages. Other test types showed intermediate scores in bilinguals, again with substantial consistency across groups. These profiles are interpreted as primarily due to the "distributed characteristic" of bilingual lexical knowledge, the tendency for bilingual individuals to know some words in one language but not the other and vice versa.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Monolingualism, Profiles, Bilingualism, English, Spanish Speaking, English (Second Language), Comparative Analysis, Socioeconomic Influences, Language Usage, Family Environment, Educational Environment
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