Phonology in Protolanguage and Interlanguage - Elena Babatsouli

Phonology in Protolanguage and Interlanguage - Elena Babatsouli

6. Phonological Development and Language Proficiency of Bilingual Children who Learn Greek as a Second Language

Phonology in Protolanguage and Interlanguage - Elena Babatsouli

Eleni Morfidi [+-]
University of Ioannina
Eleni Morfidi is an assistant professor at the University of Ioannina, Greece. She graduated from the University of Athens, Greece and followed postgraduate studies (M.Ed, M.Sc, PhD) at the University of Manchester, UK. Her work focused on literacy development, phonological abilities and related problems. She worked as a researcher at the University of Leeds UK, University of Amsterdam The Netherlands and University of Houston Texas US. She is currently serving the area of special education and language disorders at the Department of Primary Education, University of Ioannina, Greece. Her research interests include bilingual language and literacy development, phonological acquisition and development across languages.
Eleni Samsari [+-]
University of Patras
Eleni Samsari holds a Master’s Degree in Education (M.Ed.) and she is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Primary Education of University of Patras in Greece. She has presented her work in several conferences in Educational Sciences worldwide. Her articles have been published in national and international refereed conference proceedings and journals. Her research interests include intercultural education, special education, inclusion, bilingualism and educational psychology.


Chapter 6 investigates aspects of early L2 phonological acquisition in association with broader language skills in order to examine the development of interlanguage phonology in Greek-speaking children, who acquired Greek as a second language. The study includes eleven bilingual English-Greek speaking children from grades three to six, and eleven monolingual Greek speaking peers as the control group. Phonological whole-word measures of accuracy (PCC), complexity (pMLU), proximity (PWP) and variability (PWV) were calculated from children’s retelling of the Greek ‘Frog where are you?’ story. Measures of phonological awareness, vocabulary and reading in both languages have also been included. Results suggest that their level of phonological acquisition in their interlanguage exhibits a gradient mix of characteristics typical of both early bilingual and L2 acquisition of phonology. The research builds on the assumption that by identifying both similarities and differences between monolingual and bilingual acquisition, specific insights may be gained for phonological development and linguistic abilities across different modes and stages of language acquisition, which has significant implications for research and practice.

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Morfidi, Eleni ; Samsari, Eleni . 6. Phonological Development and Language Proficiency of Bilingual Children who Learn Greek as a Second Language. Phonology in Protolanguage and Interlanguage. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 162-191 Jan 2018. ISBN 9781781795644. Date accessed: 20 Apr 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31677. Jan 2018

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