Inter-individual variation among young children growing up in a bidialectal community: The acquisition of dialect and standard Dutch vocabulary

R.J. Francot, K van den Heuij, Elma Blom, Wilbert Heeringa, L. Cornips

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This study focuses on the relationship between dialect use and the acquisition of standard Dutch vocabulary by young children in the Dutch province of Limburg. The results of a newly-developed dialect expressive vocabulary task show extensive inter-individual variation that does not support a dichotomous distinction between monolingual and bidialectal children. The children’s dialect vocabulary scores are neither positively nor negatively associated with their results on a standardized receptive Dutch vocabulary task. Thus, the acquisition of a dialect does not hinder or facilitate the acquisition of standard Dutch vocabulary.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage Variation
Subtitle of host publicationEuropean Perspectives VI: Selected papers from the Eight International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 8)
EditorsIrene Buchstaller, Beat Siebenhaar
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN (Electronic)9789027265579
ISBN (Print)9789027234995
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

SeriesStudies in Language Variation

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