ERIC Number: EJ926463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Changes in Language Usage of Puerto Rican Mothers and Their Children: Do Gender and Timing of Exposure to English Matter?
Hammer, Carol Scheffner; Lawrence, Frank; Rodriguez, Barbara; Davison, Megan Dunn; Miccio, Adele W.
Applied Psycholinguistics, v32 n2 p275-297 2011
This longitudinal study investigated changes in reported language usage between Puerto Rican mothers and their preschoolers over a 4-year period. It also examined whether differences in language usage occurred depending on the timing of children's exposure to English and children's gender. Seventy-six mothers reported the languages they and their children used when talking to each other during 2 years in Head Start, kindergarten, and first grade. Mothers of children who were exposed to Spanish and English prior to preschool entry reported using more English to their children than mothers of children who were not exposed to English until after preschool entry. The language usage of the children followed the same patterns as their mothers. The difference between the groups was maintained over the 4 years, although both groups increased their English usage. A gender effect was observed. Mothers of girls were five times more likely to use "More or All Spanish" than mothers of sons. In addition, girls who were exposed to Spanish only prior to preschool entry were six times more likely to speak to their mothers in "More or All Spanish" than other participating children. The bidimensional model of acculturation is used to present and interpret the findings.
Descriptors: Language Usage, Mothers, Puerto Ricans, Longitudinal Studies, Preschool Children, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Gender Differences, Prior Learning, Spanish, Acculturation, Parent Child Relationship, Disadvantaged Youth, Grade 1, Kindergarten
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 1; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
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