Phonological development in child speakers of mixed language [ 2009-01-01 - 2012-12-31 ]

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Researchers: Professor Caroline Jones (Chief Investigator)

Brief description Phonological development in child speakers of mixed language. In Northern Territory Aboriginal communities where traditional languages are mostly spoken fluently by older people, the home language for many children is a kind of mixed language combining elements of traditional languages, Kriol and English. This project will document for the first time the sound system of this language, and investigate how children's background knowledge of this sound system prepares them to learn words in English and traditional languages. This information is important because it can help parents, teachers and speech pathologists assess and teach Aboriginal children from mixed language backgrounds.

Funding Amount $230,357

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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