Development of complex syntax in the narratives of children with English as an Additional Language and their monolingual peers

Disa Witkowska, Laura Lucas, Maria Jelen, Hannah Kin & Courtenay Norbury
Background: English syntax acquisition is crucial for developing literacy but may be challenging for many children learning English as an Additional Language (EAL). This study longitudinally investigates syntactic complexity and diversity of stories retold by children with EAL and their monolingual peers as well as the relationship between syntax and vocabulary. Methods: Sixty-one children with EAL were matched to their monolingual peers on sex, age and teacher-rated language proficiency. Children’s narratives were collected in Year...

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  • 2022

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  • University College London