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ERIC Number: EJ937631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1366-7289
Lexical Development in Mandarin-English Bilingual Children
Sheng, Li; Lu, Ying; Kan, Pui Fong
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v14 n4 p579-587 Oct 2011
Two groups of Mandarin-English bilingual children (3-5-year-olds, 6-8-year-olds) participated in a picture identification task and a picture naming task in both languages. Results revealed age-related growth in English, but not Mandarin vocabulary. Composite vocabulary was larger than either single-language vocabulary in the younger children but was similar to English vocabulary in the older children. Furthermore, children showed a larger receptive-expressive modality difference in their weaker language (Mandarin) than in their stronger language (English). These patterns indicate rapid growth in English vocabulary along with early stabilization of Mandarin vocabulary despite considerable Mandarin input in the home setting.
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Language: English
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