ERIC Number: EJ741312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
English Language Narratives of Filipino Children
Lofranco, Lee Ann L.; Pena, Elizabeth D.; Bedore, Lisa M.
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v37 n1 p28-38 Jan 2006
Purpose: The current study focuses on describing the English language narrative skills of children who have been exposed to the Filipino language. Method: Eight children between the ages of 6;0 (years;months) and 7;7 who spoke primarily English but who were exposed to the Filipino language at home participated. Each child produced three narrative samples based on wordless picture books. Samples were analyzed for narrative complexity as well as measures of productivity and grammaticality. Results: The complexity of children's narratives was comparable to that reported in the literature for monolingual English-speaking children. Grammaticality measures show use of an average of 16.55% Filipino-influenced English forms across three stories. The observed patterns of Filipino-influenced English were predictable based on the comparison of English and Filipino structures. Variability in maze use was related to the amount of exposure to Filipino. Clinical Implications: Care should be taken to evaluate grammaticality with respect to nonstandard English forms predicted by the rules of the language in contact with English. Further, maze use may be related to level of exposure to another language and should be further explored when using such information in language evaluation.
Descriptors: English, Personal Narratives, Ethnic Groups, Second Languages, Children, Picture Books, Monolingualism, Grammar, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Tagalog, Contrastive Linguistics, Language Patterns, Language Usage, Nonstandard Dialects
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