Publication Date

1-1-1997

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Stephens, M. Irene (Mary Irene)

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Department

School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders

Abstract

Language acquisition is a complex process that typically developing children seem to accomplish naturally at an early age. From the babbling of an infant to the multi-syllabic utterances of a toddler, language development occurs due the child's exposure and interaction to the sounds present in his or her environment. In an environment when two languages are spoken, a child has the opportunity to acquire two languages. In a case study conducted, an experimental exposure of an eight-year old male to the Tagalog language occurred. During a five-month period, the subject was taught vocabulary words of the Tagalog language and was provided poems and reading materials to supplement his exposure to the language. Results of the study demonstrated similarities and differences in the subject's attempt to acquire a second language. Errors in language acquisition of the primary language parallel errors viewed in the subject's introduction to the Tagalog language. In addition, a brief overview of the Tagalog language is included to provide the reader a better comparison of the phonology of the two languages.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.||Some text rendered incorrectly.

Extent

15 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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