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Multi-culturalism enforcing multilingualism at a young age – A case study of a multilingual infant vocabulary development

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of an international conference at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University, during 21- 23 August 2016, under the theme "Modernity and the Cosmopolitan southeast Asia”
Place of PublicationThailand
Number of pages142
Publication statusPublished - 2017


This paper provides a qualitative analysis of the speech production of a Chinese infant Effy at her young age (1;8). Effy is simultaneously multilingual in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and English as a result of her multi-cultural family background. A big productive vocabulary and advanced sentence production from the three languages are observed to be unusual at her age. The study focuses on her word choices and explores her abilities in recognising and identifying the right speaker for the right language. It sheds light on future research on child speech development with the effect of exposure to a multicultural environment.

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