Patterns in diversity: Lexical learning in Samoan-English bilingual children

Hemsley, Gayle, Holm, Alison and Dodd, Barbara (2010) Patterns in diversity: Lexical learning in Samoan-English bilingual children. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 12 4: 362-374. doi:10.3109/17549501003721064

Author Hemsley, Gayle
Holm, Alison
Dodd, Barbara
Title Patterns in diversity: Lexical learning in Samoan-English bilingual children
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9507
Publication date 2010-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/17549501003721064
Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 362
End page 374
Total pages 13
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract This study examined the lexical development of nine Samoan-English bilingual children during their first year in English speaking preschools in Australia. Receptive and expressive lexicon in Samoan and English was assessed when the children had completed their first term of school (approximately 10 weeks) and then 6 months later. The bilingual children’s scores in each language and composite scores were examined over time. Performance was also compared with typically developing, age-matched (4–5-year-old) monolingual English-speaking peers. Results indicated that the group made significant gains in both languages over time. The bilingual children’s receptive composite scores were comparable to monolingual English scores, with clear changes in lexical composition (singlets and translation equivalents) over time. Expressive composite scores of bilingual children were lower than scores of monolingual peers. Results appeared to be highly influenced by the language environment and patterns of language use in this group. The potential use of composite score methodology as a clinical assessment tool in bilingual children is discussed. © The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited
Keyword Bilingualism
Language acquisition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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