A Study on the Vocabulary of Filipino- English Bilingual Children Outside the School Setting
Keywords:language acquisition, early bilinguals, noun bias theory, stereotyping, social interaction, data-driven language learning theory
In the field of language learning, language acquisition is an issue that is interesting to investigate since there are a number of theories that explain how language is acquired at an early age. Among early bilinguals, it is important to study the factors that affect their vocabulary. This study explores the word list among Filipino- English bilingual children outside the school setting. The goal was to determine which language, whether Filipino or English, was used predominantly. A second goal was to identify the category the predominant word list belonged to. Two groups of participants were selected randomly and were asked to identify familiar words. The findings revealed that the early bilingual children belonging to the lower-income strata prefer nouns over other English word categories. The findings support the theories of noun bias, stereotyping, and Social Interaction. The results of the study may further improve procedures being done in support of data-driven language learning theory.
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