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ERIC Number: EJ774464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1525-7401
Language Maintenance and Loss in Preschool-Age Children of Mexican Immigrants: Longitudinal Study
Guiberson, Mark M.; Barrett, Karen C.; Jancosek, Elizabeth G.; Itano, Christine Yoshinaga
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v28 n1 p4-17 Fall 2006
In this study, the authors plotted the Spanish language usage of 10 preschool-age children over the course of 3 years and assigned them to one of two groups: language maintenance and language loss. The authors then compared the groups' scores on structured tasks, language behaviors, and language usage/exposure variables. They found that children in the language loss group presented with more grammatical errors, whereas the language maintenance group performed better on Spanish vocabulary and language tasks. No specific variable was predictive of maintenance or loss, but the children from the language loss group began to use more English with family members or peers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A