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Tag: Pragmatic Cues

Bilingual and monolingual children process pragmatic cues differently when learning novel adjectives

Published in: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Volume 21, Issue 2, 384-402 Abstract “Previous studies have shown bilingually and monolingually developing children to differ in their sensitivity to referential pragmatic deixis in challenging tasks, with bilinguals exhibiting a higher sensitivity. The learning of adjectives is particularly challenging, but has rarely been investigated in bilingual children. In the present study we presented a pragmatic cue supporting the learning of novel adjectives to 32 Spanish–German bilingual and 28 German monolingual 5-year-olds. The children’s responses to a descriptive hand gesture highlighting an object’s property were measured behaviorally using a forced choice task and neurophysiologically through… Read More