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Parental language mixing: Its measurement and the relation of mixed input to young bilingual children’s vocabulary size

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Parental language mixing: Its measurement and the relation of mixed input to young bilingual children’s vocabulary size

Byers-Heinlein, Krista (2013) Parental language mixing: Its measurement and the relation of mixed input to young bilingual children’s vocabulary size. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16 (1). pp. 32-48.

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Abstract

Is parental language mixing related to vocabulary acquisition in bilingual infants and
children? Bilingual parents (who spoke English and another language; N = 181) completed the Language Mixing Scale, a new self-report measure that assesses how frequently parents use words from two different languages in the same sentence, such as borrowing words from another language or code switching between two languages in the same sentence. Concurrently, English vocabulary size was measured in the bilingual children of these parents. Most parents reported regular language mixing in interactions with their child. Increased rates of parental language mixing were associated with significantly smaller comprehension vocabularies in 1.5-year-old bilingual infants, and marginally smaller production vocabularies in 2-year-old bilingual children. Exposure to language mixing might obscure cues that facilitate young bilingual children’s separation of their languages and could hinder the functioning of learning mechanisms that support the early growth of their vocabularies.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Byers-Heinlein, Krista
Journal or Publication:Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
Date:2013
ID Code:980280
Deposited By: KRISTA BYERS HEINLEIN
Deposited On:17 Aug 2015 15:14
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:51
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