Advances in the Study of Bilingualism by Enlli Mon Thomas, Ineke Mennen

By Enlli Mon Thomas, Ineke Mennen

This booklet presents a latest method of the learn of bilingualism. Drawing on contributions from major specialists within the box, this publication brings jointly - in one quantity - a variety of the interesting paintings performed as a part of the programme of the ESRC Centre for study on Bilingualism in concept and perform at Bangor collage, Wales.

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G. /ɡwrandɔ/ listen, /ɡwnɛɪd/ do, /ɡwlɑd/ country). These clusters fail to conform to the SSP because the glide constitutes a more sonorous element than the following liquid or nasal. Note, however, that some represent them as two-element clusters with concomitant lip-rounding, that is, [ɡwr],[ɡwl],[ɡwn] (cf. Ball & Williams, 2001: 16). Twenty-nine English onset clusters and thirty Welsh onset clusters were included in the study (cf. 1). They capture all phonotactically admissible patterns, with the exception of rare clusters that only occur in lowfrequency items, such as /gn/, /sn/ and /sbl/ in Welsh and /sf/, /θw/ and /skl/ in English.

This suggests that the comparatively greater amount of Welsh-language input has had a facilitative effect on cluster acquisition in the Welsh-dominant children. On the basis of these findings, one would expect the English-dominant bilinguals to outperform their Welsh-dominant counterparts on the English clusters. Indeed, they were significantly more accurate on /sp/,/sw/ and /skw/. However, close inspection shows that the difference between the groups was marginal, with close to 100% accuracy in both.

2005). Although the data provided here should prove useful to clinicians working with Welsh-English bilingual children, further research is required on other 24 Par t 1: Bilingual Speech aspects of phonological acquisition, such as coda clusters, vowels and suprasegmentals. This will enable us to have an even better understanding of the processes involved in the acquisition of sound systems in bilingual children growing up with Welsh and English. This chapter focused on how sounds are acquired in a bilingual context.

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