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ERIC Number: EJ899245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Parental Language Input Patterns and Children's Bilingual Use
De Houwer, Annick
Applied Psycholinguistics, v28 n3 p411-424 Jul 2007
This article reports on a study that addresses the following question: why do some children exposed to two languages from early on fail to speak those two languages? Questionnaire data were collected in 1,899 families in which at least one of the parents spoke a language other than the majority language. Each questionnaire asked about the home language use of a family consisting of at least one parent and one child between the ages of 6 and 10 years old. The results show that the children in these families all spoke the majority language, but that minority language use was not universal. Differences in parental language input patterns used at home correlated with differences in child minority language use. Home input patterns where both parents used the minority language and where at most one parent spoke the majority language had a high chance of success. The "one parent-one language" strategy did not provide a necessary nor sufficient input condition. Implications for bilingual families are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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