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Lexical Development

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Abstract

It seems that the vocabulary growth by children of Indonesian immigrants is slower than children of native Mandarin-speaking Taiwanese mothers. The finding is different from that of previous studies on lexical development of children of immigrants, whose lexical development is not different from native children (Tsay et al. in Language development by children of new female immigrants. NSC Report, 2005; Kuo in Mandarin acquisition by children of Vietnamese mothers in Taiwan. Crane, Taipei, 2008). Tsay et al. (Language development by children of new female immigrants. NSC Report, 2005) included mothers from mainland China, whose Mandarin is native just like Taiwanese mothers. They may have messed the results. Kuo (Mandarin acquisition by children of Vietnamese mothers in Taiwan. Crane, Taipei, 2008) findings about no differences between children of Vietnamese mothers could be due to the fact that Vietnamese has more Chinese-based lexicon than Indonesian. Thus, innateness perspective alone could not explain lexical development.

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Semantic Category Chinese Child Spontaneous Speech Taiwanese Child Loan Word 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Chiayi UniversityChiayiTaiwan

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