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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of book/volumeLanguage variation European Perspectives VIII. Studies in Language Variation. Selected papers from the Eight International Conference on Language Variation – European Perspectives VI.
EditorsIsabella Buchstaller, Beat Siebenhaar
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2017

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