Assessing Multilingual Children Disentangling Bilingualism from Language Impairment

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-04-28
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Second language learners often produce language forms resembling those of children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). At present, professionals working in language assessment and education have only limited diagnostic instruments to distinguish language impaired migrant children from those who will eventually catch up with their monolingual peers. This book presents a comprehensive set of tools for assessing the linguistic abilities of bilingual children. It aims to disentangle effects of bilingualism from those of SLI, making use of both models of bilingualism and models of language impairment. The book's methods-oriented focus will make it an essential handbook for practitioners who look for measures which could be adapted to a variety of languages in diverse communities, as well as academic researchers.

Author Biography

Sharon Armon-Lotem is Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature and Linguistics and a member of The Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar Ilan University, Israel.Jan de Jong is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is a member of the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication.Natalia Meir is currently working on her PhD in the Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Table of Contents

Sharon Armon-Lotem and Jan de Jong: Introduction

Syntax and its Interfaces

1. Jan de Jong: Elicitation Task for Subject Verb Agreement

2. Esther Ruigendijk: Contrastive Elicitation Task for Testing Case Marking

3. Philippe Prévost: Elicited Production of Object Clitics

4. Petra Schulz: Comprehension of Exhaustive wh-questions

5. Theodoros Marinis and Sharon Armon-Lotem: Sentence Repetition

Phonological and Lexical Processing

6. Shula Chiat: Nonword Repetition

7. Daniela Gatt, Ciara O'Toole and Ewa Haman: Using Parental Report to Assess Early Lexical Production in Children Exposed to More than one Language

8. Ewa Haman, Magdalena Luniewska and Barbara Pomiechowska: Designing Cross-linguistic Lexical Tasks (CLTs) for Bilingual Preschool Children

Beyond Modality

9. Natalia Gagarina, Daleen Klop, Sari Kunnari, Koula Tantele, Taina Välimaa, Ingrida Balciuniene, Ute Bohnacker and Joel Walters: Assessment of Narrative Abilities in Bilingual Children

10. Kristine Jensen de Lopéz and Anne E. Baker: Executive Functions in the Assessment of Bilingual Children with Language Impairment

From Theory to Practice

11. Laurice Tuller: Clinical Use of Parental Questionnaires in Multilingual Contexts

12. Elin Thordardottir: Proposed Diagnostic Procedures for Use in Bilingual and Cross-Linguistic Contexts

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