Publication details [#62160]

Roch, Maja, Elena Florit and Chiara Levorato. 2016. Narrative competence of Italian–English bilingual children between 5 and 7 years. Applied Psycholinguistics 37 (1) : 49–67.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
Cambridge University Press


This study examines narrative production and comprehension in typically developing Italian(L1)–English(L2) sequential bilinguals, aged 5 to 7. The results point out (a) that older children surpass younger ones on all measures; (b) a gain of first language (Italian) over second language (English) for younger children; and (c) production and understanding are both more precise in story retelling than in telling. Theoretical and methodological implications of these findings are debated.