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Academic Paper

Title: Bilingual phonological acquisition: the influence of language-internal, language-external, and lexical factors
Author: Margaret Kehoe
Author: Mélanie Havy
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Phonology
Subject Language: French
Abstract: This study examines the influence of language-internal (frequency and complexity of linguistic properties), language-external (percent French input, socioeconomic status (SES), and gender), and lexical factors (size of total and French vocabulary) on the phonological production abilities of monolingual and bilingual French-speaking children, aged 2;6. Children participated in an object and picture naming task in which they produced words selected to test different phonological properties. The bilinguals’ first languages were coded in terms of the frequency and complexity of these phonological properties. Results indicated that bilinguals who spoke languages characterized by high frequency/complexity of codas and clusters had superior results in their coda and cluster accuracy in comparison to monolinguals. Bilinguals also had better coda and cluster accuracy scores than monolinguals. These findings provide evidence for cross-linguistic interaction in combination with a ‘general bilingual effect’. In addition, percent French exposure, SES, total vocabulary, and gender influenced phonological production.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 46, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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