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Rhodes > English Language and Linguistics > Research > Foundation Phase Literacy in African Languages

The vocabularies of bilingual Xhosa and English speaking children

Date Released: Fri, 8 May 2015 12:23 +0200

In this exploratory study, 22 Grade 3 bilingual Xhosa and English speaking children were administered a category fluency task to obtain samples of their vocabularies in each of their two languages. The children were asked to name as many items as they could pertaining to particular categories. Unlike most studies which impose time limits for category fluency tasks, no time limit was imposed for these children. This study aims to contribute to the normative data of first language Xhosa speaking children who have English as a second language. 

Source:Kristin van der Merwe