Article  |   July 2009
Defining Bilingualism: Factors Contributing to Variability in Language and Literacy Development of Spanish-English Bilingual Children
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  • Megan Dunn Davison
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Development / Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Normal Language Processing
Article   |   July 2009
Defining Bilingualism: Factors Contributing to Variability in Language and Literacy Development of Spanish-English Bilingual Children
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations July 2009, Vol.16, 38-44. doi:10.1044/cds16.2.38
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations July 2009, Vol.16, 38-44. doi:10.1044/cds16.2.38
Abstract:

Abstract  Given the increasing number of children from homes in which a language other than English is the primary language, it is important for speech-language pathologists to understand how bilingualism is defined and the implications of different defining factors for language development and later literacy outcomes. The purpose of this paper is to explore the factors contributing to the differences observed across bilingual language and literacy development. Previous research suggests there are differences in the language and literacy development of bilingual children due to differing ages of exposure to each language and the context in which each language is then used. Implications for assessment and interventions are discussed.

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