Research Publications (Linguistics)
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- 4Second language learning
- 3Language acquisition
- 2Comparative analysis
- 2English as a second language
Bilingualism is often considered an inappropriate developmental choice for children with specific language impairment (SLI) because, according to a widespread belief, these children’s limited capacity for language would be overtaxed by learning two linguistic systems. However, there has not been...
Early emergence of structural constraints on code-mixing: evidence from French-English bilingual childrenDownload
Does young bilingual children's code-mixing obey the same structural constraints as bilingual adults' code-mixing? The present study addresses this question using code-mixing data from 15 French±English bilingual children ®lmed in conversation with both parents at six-month intervals from the age...
Lexical acquisition over time in minority first language children learning English as a second languageDownload
The English second language development of 19 children (mean age at outset = 5 years, 4 months) from various first language backgrounds was examined every 6 months for 2 years, using spontaneous language sampling, parental questionnaires, and a standardized receptive vocabulary test. Results...
The acquisition of tense in English: Distinguishing child second language from first language and specific language impairmentDownload
This study reports on a comparison of the use and knowledge of tense-marking morphemes in English by first language (L1), second language (L2), and specific language impairment (SLI) children. The objective of our research was to ascertain whether the L2 children’s tense acquisition patterns were...