Individual differences differentially influence language domains and learning mechanisms

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Abstract / Description of output

Paradis' (2023) keynote article is a timely documentation of the ongoing shift in focus within childhood bilingualism research from investigating the factors that modulate majority or second language (ML/L2) attainment (Chondrogianni & Marinis, 2011) to understanding the sources of variation that lead to minority heritage language (HL) maintenance. This shift of focus into individual differences (IDs) in bilingual performance across both languages reflects converging research carried out in the past twenty years reporting that, when learning barriers are not at stake, bilingual children can reach ML outcomes. It also aligns with research findings suggesting that ML educational or linguistic outcomes are directly related to the successful attainment of HL educational and linguistic milestones, which, in turn, reinforce the need for the HL to be supported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-826
JournalJournal of Child Language
Issue number4
Early online date15 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • heritage languages
  • childhood bilingualism
  • individual differences


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