Portland State University. Department of Applied Linguistics
Susan H. Foster
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
1 online resource (110 p.)
Bilingualism in children
Previous studies of bilingual infants learning their languages simultaneously have suggested that such children go through what is known as a unified speech period in which they make no differentation between the languages in question and in which they frequently use mixed utterances (Arnberg, 1987; Grosjen, 1982; Leopold, 1939; & Skutnabb-Kangas, 1981). To test the validity of the claim that there is such a period, an English-Japanese bilingual child from one year and six months of age (1;6) through two years and six months of age (2;6) was observed and his speech recorded.
Wood, Gary Frank, "The unified speech period of a bilingual child" (1990). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4118.