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ERIC Number: EJ946721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Properties of Dual Language Exposure that Influence 2-Year-Olds' Bilingual Proficiency
Place, Silvia; Hoff, Erika
Child Development, v82 n6 p1834-1849 Nov-Dec 2011
The mothers of 29 Spanish English bilingual 25-month-olds kept diary records of their children's dual language exposure and provided information on their children's English and Spanish language development using the MacArthur-Bates inventories. Relative amount of exposure predicted language outcomes in English and Spanish. In addition, the number of different speakers from whom the children heard English and the percent of their English input that was provided by native speakers were unique sources of variance in children's English skills. These properties of children's dual language exposure and their bilingual proficiency varied as a function of whether the children's mother, father, or both parents were native Spanish speakers. Practical and theoretical implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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