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ERIC Number: EJ934909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 94
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
Influence of Second Language Cherokee Immersion on Children's Development of Past Tense in Their First Language, English
Hirata-Edds, Tracy
Language Learning, v61 n3 p700-733 Sep 2011
Metalinguistic skills may develop differently in multilingual and monolingual children. This study investigated effects of immersion in Cherokee as a second language on young children's (4;5-6;1) skills of noticing morphological forms/patterns in English, their first language, by comparing English past tense skills on two nonword and two real-word tasks between a Cherokee immersion group (N = 10) and an English-medium comparison group (N = 13). Only past finiteness (irregular forms plus overregularizations) on a real-word sentence imitation task was significantly different, with the Cherokee group performing better. The children learning Cherokee as a second language were progressing as well as their monolingual peers on English past tense marking and in one area had developed increased attention to productive morphological patterns.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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