Diversity in bilingual child language acquisition research: A commentary on Kidd and Garcia (2022)

Sirada Rochanavibhata*, Viorica Marian

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Abstract

Kidd and Garcia report that language acquisition studies are skewed toward monolingual and English-speaking populations. This commentary considers Kidd and Garcia’s arguments in light of our research on mother-preschooler discourse and non-verbal communication in Thai monolingual and Thai-English bilingual children. We discuss lessons learned from testing linguistically diverse children and underscore the importance of research on non-WEIRD (Western, Industrialized, Educated, Rich, and Democratic) populations. We advocate for the inclusion of children who speak understudied languages and those who speak multiple languages in developmental science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)804-808
Number of pages5
JournalFirst Language
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Child language acquisition
  • bilingualism
  • cross-cultural
  • cross-linguistic
  • mother–child dyads
  • narrative discourse
  • non-verbal communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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