Developmental patterns of bilingual grammatical morphemes at various levels of language use

dc.contributor.advisorBedore, Lisa M.
dc.creatorBaron, Alisaen 2013en
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this analysis was to define norms for grammatical morpheme development in Spanish for Spanish-English bilingual children ages 4;0-7;6 relative to their use of Spanish. This study uses secondary data analysis based on two existing datasets. Participants included 334 Spanish-English bilingual children that were recruited from school districts in Texas, Utah, and Pennsylvania. Grammatical morpheme accuracy was determined by performance on the BESA (Bilingual English Spanish Assessment) (Peña, Gutiérrez-Clellen et al., in preparation). Percentage of current use of Spanish was estimated based on a parental interview in which parents estimated children language input and output. The average percent accuracy of grammatical morphemes was calculated and analyzed as a function of current use of Spanish and of chronological age. Results show that the percentage of accurately produced morphemes has a general upward trend as Spanish use and age increases. These findings will help define expectations for bilingual children that in turn can inform the development of intervention goals.en
dc.subjectDevelopmental normsen
dc.subjectGrammatical morphemesen
dc.subjectCurrent useen
dc.titleDevelopmental patterns of bilingual grammatical morphemes at various levels of language useen