This study focuses on the relationship between dialect use and the acquisition of standard Dutch vocabulary by young children in the Dutch province of Limburg. The results of a newly-developed dialect expressive vocabulary task show extensive inter-individual variation that does not support a dichotomous distinction between monolingual and bidialectal children. The children’s dialect vocabulary scores are neither positively nor negatively associated with their results on a standardized receptive Dutch vocabulary task. Thus, the acquisition of a dialect does not hinder or facilitate the acquisition of standard Dutch vocabulary.
|Title of host publication||Language variation European Perspectives VIII. Studies in Language Variation. Selected papers from the Eight International Conference on Language Variation – European Perspectives VI.|
|Editors||Isabella Buchstaller, Beat Siebenhaar|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Jun 2017|
Francot, R., van den Heuij, K., Blom, E., Heeringa, W. J., & Cornips, L. M. E. A. (2017). Inter-individual variation among young children growing up in a bidialectal community: the acquisition of dialect and standard Dutch vocabulary. . In I. Buchstaller, & B. Siebenhaar (Eds.), Language variation European Perspectives VIII. Studies in Language Variation. Selected papers from the Eight International Conference on Language Variation – European Perspectives VI. (Vol. VIII, pp. 85-98). John Benjamins Publishing.