Developmental pathways for first language acquisition of Mandarin nominal expressions: Comparing monolingual with simultaneous Mandarin—English bilingual children

Chang-Smith, Meiyun (2010) Developmental pathways for first language acquisition of Mandarin nominal expressions: Comparing monolingual with simultaneous Mandarin—English bilingual children. The International Journal of Bilingualism, 14 1: 11-35. doi:10.1177/1367006909356645


Author Chang-Smith, Meiyun
Title Developmental pathways for first language acquisition of Mandarin nominal expressions: Comparing monolingual with simultaneous Mandarin—English bilingual children
Journal name The International Journal of Bilingualism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-0069
1756-6878
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1367006909356645
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 11
End page 35
Total pages 24
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 200311 Chinese Languages
200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
200499 Linguistics not elsewhere classified
209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
Abstract This comparative study explores the first language acquisition of Mandarin nominal expressions by monolingual and simultaneous Mandarin—English bilingual children, with the aim of contributing new data relevant to the autonomous vs. interdependent debate in bilingual first language acquisition. More specifically, it focuses on the developmental sequences of complex definite and indefinite nominal expressions in the forms of [demonstrative + numeral + classifier + noun] and [numeral + classifier + noun] respectively, comparing both qualitatively and quantitatively the developmental pathways and time progression observed in corpora derived from two longitudinal studies. The bilingual corpus analyzed consists of an extensive daily record of utterances from age 10 months to 33 months, while the monolingual corpus is derived from a set of eight video recorded sessions spanning the age range from 20 months to 26 months. The outcomes provide support for the Autonomous Development Hypothesis, to the extent that the developmental pathway of Mandarin nominal expressions as elaborated in the bilingual child’s case is found to be highly comparable with that of the monolingual counterpart and that up to the end of the observation period no apparent transfers from English nominal syntax to Mandarin were observed. Copyright © 2010 the Author/s 2010
Keyword Autonomous development
Bilingual first language acquisition
Mandarin nominal expressions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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