This research relates to measuring how Welsh/English bilingual children acquire complex structures in a minority language such as Welsh. In particular, it looks at the Welsh language answering system, a complex system where children are required to learn and use a system which includes echoic and non-echoic verb forms. This research includes data from approximately 150 Welsh/English bilingual children which adds to and expands on previous research on complex structures in the Welsh language. This allows us to consider, in more detail, different theories that relate to language acquisition in a bilingual context and in the context of second language learners. In addition, the research emphasises the need for structured assessments/intervention tests/helpful resources in order to encourage Welsh/English children from all language backgrounds to use complex systems correctly and effectively.
Start Date: October 2008