jeudi 25 février 2010

Bilingual Children do not syllabify the same way than monolingual children

I discovered this research about the way children with two or more languages syllabify. It is quite interesting. Unfortunately, it is in Dutch, but I can translate for those who are interested.
The researcher, Ivana Brasileiro, from the Department of Humanities in the Univerity of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, wrote a thesis entitled in English : "The effects of bilingualism on children's perception of speech sounds". She discovered that bilingual children have another way of recognising the sound than children with only one language at home. They also learn and memorize the vowels in a different manner.
Here is the website for those interested : http://www.uu.nl/NL/faculteiten/geesteswetenschappen/Actueel/Agenda/Pages/Tweetaligkindleertklinkersandersdaneentaligkind.aspx

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