The Acquisition of Consonants in Welsh-English Bilingual Children Between 5 and 9 Years of Age
Griffiths, Catrin Non
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The current lack of information on Welsh-English bilingual phonology (Siencyn, 1985) results in Speech and Language Therapists having to rely on knowledge derived from English monolingual norms in order to assess and diagnose bilinguals (Munro, Ball, Müller, Duckworth & Lyddy, 2005). The current study aimed to gain knowledge on these limited data by investigating 40 Welsh-English bilingual children (male and female) from the area of South Wales. It focused specifically on the 5 Welsh and 5 English consonants that had not been acquired by all participants aged 5;0 in a previous study on Welsh-English bilingual Children aged 2;6-5;0 (Munro et al. 2005). Participants were divided into 4 12-month age-groups (5;0-9;0) and into two language dominance groups (Welsh and English). Data were collected via two single word lists in each language. The results presented the ages at which consonants had been acquired and substitutions for consonants not acquired were also examined. Statistical analysis examined the relationship between the linguistic factors and the non-linguistic variables of age and language dominance. The results revealed that all of the 5 Welsh and 5 English consonants had not been acquired by the upper age range. Welsh and English consonant acquisition reversal patterns and cross-linguistic effects were also exposed.
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