[Toegepaste Taalwetenschap in Artikelen 15] 1983
► pp. 48–63
The author reports some data of the research project she is conducting at the Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Nijmegen (on the acquisition of Dutch by Turkish children in verbal interaction with native peers). The study may be characterized as a longitudinal multiple case-study of the very first stages of second language acquisition. The data were collected within a naturalistic communication situation between five pairs of playmates, each consisting of one Dutch child and one Turkish child. Besides giving a short description of the research project itself, the author describes: - the language used at school, especially the L2-input the Turkish children received in the classroom. The data were collected during unstructured classroom observations. - the language used at home and in the street, especially the L2-input the children received at home and while playing in the street. The data were collected from the parents by means of a questionnaire. The author visited the parents accompanied by the Turkish teacher who explained the questionnaire to them. - the use or rather the non-use of Turkish during child-child interactions. Only one child used Turkish spontaneously during the first weeks. The other four children that were studied did not. Later Turkish was only used during the 'translation games' most children played spontaneously together on several occasions.
Article language: Dutch