This study´s author rejects the assumption of a double delay (additive effects of SLI and bilingualism) by means of 3 longitudinal and 45 cross-sectional studies. She investigates bilingual German-Italian children with SLI with regard to their acquisition of case marking in German. Furthermore, case marking turns out to be a reliable clinical marker in both monolingual and bilingual contexts. Dative case marking enables speech and language pathologists to disentangle bilingualism from SLI. There are also positive conclusions of this study with regard to the consultation of SLI children´s parents. These parents should not give up their bilingual education. Bilingualism has no negative effect on language impairment and does not mandatorily lead to incomplete acquisition.
about this book deutsch englishAbout 7% of all children are diagnosed with specific language impairment (SLI). In spite of the fact that this number is valid for monolingual as well as for bilingual children, bilingual children are suspected to be language impaired more often than monolingual ones. The reputation of the second and third generation of migrants living in Germany is not always a positive one. The present study can disprove widespread suspicion: Firstly, simultaneous bilingualism does not lead to incomplete language acquisition in the domain investigated. Secondly, SLI and bilingualism show no cumulative effects in terms of double delays in bilingual children with SLI.
keywordsBilingualismus Deutsch Generative Syntax Italienisch Kasus Kasuserwerb Klinische Linguistik Klinischer Marker kumulativer Effekt Romanistik Spezifische Sprachentwicklungsstörung Spracherwerb SSES
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