Analysis Of Phhonological Acquisition In Bilingual Children

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As we discussed phonological acquisition in bilingual children by reading Tessier chapter 5, and Vihman 2016, I became more curious about bilingual children’s phonological acquisition and its acquisition process. As the discussion of whether the bilingual children have two separate phonological system at the begging or not has been a big question in the study, I wanted to have further reading on that topic. This paper, “Phonological Acquisition in in Bilingual Spanish-English speaking children” by Leah Fabiano-Smith and Brian A. Goldstein assumes that those bilingual children do have two phonological system at least at age of 3 or 4 and determines whether the bilingual children demonstrate the evidence of interaction between two languages, …show more content…
Moreover, this test is designed to use to measure the language ability of children who are age 4 to 6, but the participants in this experiment were age 3 to 4, so whether BESA was suitable for those children or not, is questionable. Despite the fact that the method of the experiment was not ideal to observe the children’s inventory in the pragmatic setting, from this experiment, they were able to draw many conclusions about bilingual children’s phonological systems. When determining the interactions between the two phonological systems in bilingual children, they found that there were some transfers of the segments in between English and Spanish in bilingual children’s inventory, and they made two analyses. First, they completed the analysis about the quantity of phonological transfer. Examples of phonological transfer were recorded when phonetically dissimilar sound so-called “unshared sound” in the specific language appeared in the other languages, or when a fine phonetic distinction specific to one language was found in the

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