Title

Native language development of Dutch-English bilingual children in Australia

Publication Name

Journal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech

Abstract

This study aimed to track language development and possible factors of language loss in 50 primary-school-aged bilingual Dutch-English children, and it follows up a study conducted one year prior. Dutch language skills were assessed through the standardized language test CELF4-NL and language background factors were assessed through the Alberta Language Environment Questionnaire. Reading books in the native language Dutch contributed significantly to children's language development. Speaking the native language at home with both parents and siblings contributed to better Dutch language skills. Additionally, schooling outside of the home situation in the native language seems to contribute to positive language development in children after one-year follow up.

Open Access Status

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Volume

4

Issue

1

First Page

30

Last Page

50

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/jmbs.19494