LINGUIST List 26.2865

Wed Jun 10 2015

Qs: Code-switching: Italian-English Bilingual Children

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 10-Jun-2015
From: Dino Selvaggi <>
Subject: Code-switching: Italian-English Bilingual Children
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I am a PhD Student at the University of Calabria. I would like to receive some help on my research. The study deals with Italian-English bilingual children and code-switching.

I need bilingual families living in Calabria (Italy); the parents will be required to answer a questionnaire on language use, while the children (aged 7-11 and speaking Italian and English regularly on a daily basis) will be required to perform two game-like activities.

The first one is an acceptability task on code-switched dialogues recorded in 16 cartoons, to be perfeormed by using a five-grade smileys and flags scale. The second activity is a picture description game: the child will be asked to choose one (or more) of the sixteen cartoons and he/she will have to describe in detail the scene that is going on in it.

These activities can take place in a quiet, familiar environment (at home or another location which is preferable to the parents). The whole session (game-like activity and parental interview) will be audio-recorded and it will be completed in approximately 30 minutes.

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Italian (ita)

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