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Tvåspråkiga skolbarns verbanvändning i svenska
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2001 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is a study of 20 simultaneous bilingual (Finnish - Swedish) children's use of verbsin some oral accounts. The youngsters are aged between 10 years and 10 months and 13 yearsand are compared with a group of monolingual Swedish children of the same age and similarsocio-economic background.

The focus of the investigation is the youngsters' verb use but the number of tokens and distributionbetween nouns, adjectives and verbs are also examined. The material for the studyconsists of recorded interviews in which three stories are re-narrated orally.

The findings show both similarities and differences in the various groups' use of verbs.The group of simultaneous bilingual children used a significantly lower number of tokens; ithad a significantly smaller proportion of very frequent verbs and a larger proportion of lessfrequent verbs as well as a significantly larger proportion of concrete physical action verbsand a lower proportion of mental and grammatical verbs. No significant distinctions could befound regarding the distribution of word classes (nouns, adjectives and verbs), verb variation,the proportion of verbs with many basic meanings, the proportion of phrasal verbs or thenumber of unique phrasal verbs. Deviations within the groups are, however, large especiallyin the simultaneous bilingual group and, within the simultaneous bilingual group, several individualscan be found whose performance is fully commensurate with or above the averagefor the Swedish control group. What has been examined is, also, only a small part of theyoungsters' communicative competence.

The findings show that, with regard to certain linguistic variables studied, the simultaneousbilingual group is somewhat behind the monolingual Swedish control group regarding linguisticdevelopment. This discrepancy is not, however, consistent and this small measure ofretardation may be expected to have evened out in adulthood.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International , 2001. , 151 p.
Series
Stockholm studies in Scandinavian philology, ISSN 0562-1097 ; N.S., 24
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82742ISBN: 91-22-01947-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-82742DiVA: diva2:571641
Public defence
2001-12-15, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2012-11-23 Created: 2012-11-23 Last updated: 2017-09-27Bibliographically approved

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