Linguistics colloquium: Laida Restrepo
Laida Restrepo, Arizona State University
Title: A longitudinal analysis of Spanish grammatical skills in Spanish-English bilingual children with and without language impairment
Abstract: In this study we examine some gross syntactic and morphological measures of language development in Spanish heritage speakers attending English-only education in the US. We follow the children for 5 years, from preschool to third grade. We identified a subgroup of children with risk of developmental language disorders, and compared their performance to the rest of the children. Results indicate that Spanish, contrary to some suppositions, continues to develop under this subtractive language environment. Further, children at risk of developmental language disorders showed significantly different growth rates than typically developing children.
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