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Books: The Effects of Bilingualism on Infant Language Development: Liu

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 31-Jan-2014
From: Martine Paulissen <lotuu.nl>
Subject: The Effects of Bilingualism on Infant Language Development: Liu
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Title: The Effects of Bilingualism on Infant Language Development
Subtitle: The Acquisition of Sounds and Words
Series Title: LOT Dissertation series
Published: 2014
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)

Book URL: http://bit.ly/1KTAjZG

Author: Liquan Liu
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460931291 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 21

This dissertation discusses the influence of bilingualism on infant sound and word acquisition in the
first two years of life. It studies whether monolingual and bilingual infants follow the same language
developmental trajectory, and displays similarities and differences between monolingual and
bilingual infants.

Monolingual and bilingual infants from 5 to 18 months were tested on their perception of consonant,
vowel, tone contrasts, and their associative word learning ability. Parents filled in a Communicative
Development Inventory questionnaire, and a multilingual infant questionnaire designed by the

In the sound perception experiments, no evident/clear delay was observed between monolingual
and bilingual infants. For consonants, an early unstable perception pattern was observed in bilingual
infants in the first year of life, leaving space for future research. Bilingual infants displayed more
sensitivity than monolinguals in their perception of native vowels and non-native tones. In word
acquisition, bilingual infants kept the same pace as monolinguals in their associative word learning
performance, as well as receptive and expressive vocabulary size. In the questionnaire study, parents’
intuition of their bilingual infants’ degree of exposure to each language covered not only the
languages directly spoken to their infants, but also the indirect linguistic input from the ambient
environment. To integrate various findings, two hypotheses, the heightened acoustic sensitivity
hypothesis and the minimum threshold hypothesis, were formed.

This dissertation is of interest to psycholinguists, phonologists, and researchers on bilingualism and
infant studies. The multilingual infant questionnaire is recommended as a tool of degree of exposure
estimation for bilingual infants.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng)

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