Chapter published in:Language Variation - European Perspectives VI: Selected papers from the Eighth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 8), Leipzig, May 2015
Edited by Isabelle Buchstaller and Beat Siebenhaar
[Studies in Language Variation 19] 2017
► pp. 85–98
Inter-individual variation among young children growing up in a bidialectal community
The acquisition of dialect and standard Dutch vocabulary
R. J. Francot | Utrecht University
K. Van den Heuij | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University | Meertens Institute Amsterdam
E. Blom | Department of Special Education, Utrecht University
W. Heeringa | Fryske Akademy
L. Cornips | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University | Meertens Institute Amsterdam
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.
Keywords: bidialectal acquisition, inter-speaker variation, inter-item variation, Dutch vocabulary, dialect vocabulary, classification of children
Published online: 26 July 2017
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