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Patterns Of Interaction In The Lexical Development In Two Languages Of Bilingual Infants, Barbara Zurer Pearson, Sylvia C. Fernandez Jan 1994

Patterns Of Interaction In The Lexical Development In Two Languages Of Bilingual Infants, Barbara Zurer Pearson, Sylvia C. Fernandez

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We investigated the extent to which bilingual children follow the same patterns and timetable of lexical development as monolinguals. For a group of 20 simultaneous bilingual (English-Spanish) infants, ages 10 to 30 months, we looked at the patterns of growth in one language in relation to growth in the other and also with respect to growth in both languages combined. The MacArthur Communicative Development Inventories (CDI), standardized parent report forms in Spanish and English, provided measures of lexical growth in two languages at varying intervals within the age range. We plotted the two single-language measures, as well as Total and ...