Language mixing in young bilinguals

Redlinger, Wendy E.; Park, Tschang-Zin (1980). Language mixing in young bilinguals. Journal of child language, 7(2), pp. 337-352. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S030500090000266X

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The speech of four two-year-old children growing up bilingually in a German-speaking community was studied for periods varying between five and nine months. An analysis of their language mixing revealed an initially higher rate of mixing which diminished with a growth in language development as measured in MLU. The data suggest that the children were at various stages in a gradual process of language differentiation thus providing support for the one-system theory of bilingual acquisition. An examination of the distribution of lexical substitutions by part of speech revealed that nouns were most frequently substituted by all children; however, more function words were substituted than content words overall.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

ISSN:

0305-0009

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marceline Brodmann

Date Deposited:

04 Aug 2020 12:26

Last Modified:

04 Aug 2020 13:10

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S030500090000266X

PubMed ID:

7410498

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.115440

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/115440

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