Publication details [#63420]

Thomas, Enlli Mon and Nia Williams. 2017. Exploring minority language input sources as means of supporting the early development of second language vocabulary and grammar. Applied Psycholinguistics 38 (4) : 855–880.
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Cambridge University Press


Exposure to a minority language is mostly restricted in terms of frequency, and often delivered by nonnative speakers in certain domains. This inquiry assessed the effectiveness of two types of native-language input sources (storytelling and minority language children's television) in supplying 4- and 5-year-old native English-speaking children with beginning awareness of Welsh. Results disclosed that exposure to Welsh via television programs was equally as beneficial, if not more so in some cases, as listening to Welsh stories in developing children's vocabulary, especially within the context of social interaction. These results propose a helpful and possibly effective role for the use of native-language television within a carefully designed language curriculum to help early second language evultion in minority language contexts.