Language development in mono- and multilingual children: A longitudinal approach

Marina Trebbels, Joana Duarte

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Both theoretical considerations and empirical results have emphasized the need for longitudinal data in order to gain a more fine-grained insight into the processes of language acquisition and development. Based on data from a two-wave study on the language development of mono- and multilingual children and adolescents in Hamburg (LiMA Panel Study), this article investigates the productive oral language competencies and patterns of language development in 81 children at the beginning of their school careers. The study identifies differences in the patterns of language development in mono- and multilingual children and discusses several challenges that are related to the assessment of oral language competencies in general and in a longitudinal perspective specifically.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-318
Number of pages16
JournalDiskurs Kindheits- und Jugendforschung
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Careers
  • Child Development
  • Children
  • Language
  • Language Acquisition
  • Schools
  • 1330: sociology of language and the arts
  • Language development Multilingualism Language comp
  • article
  • sociology of language/sociolinguistics

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