Assessing Language Dominance in Bilingual Acquisition: A Case for Mean Length Utterance Differentials

@article{Yip2006AssessingLD,
  title={Assessing Language Dominance in Bilingual Acquisition: A Case for Mean Length Utterance Differentials},
  author={Virginia Yip and Stephen Matthews},
  journal={Language Assessment Quarterly},
  year={2006},
  volume={3},
  pages={116 - 97}
}
The notion of language dominance is often defined in terms of proficiency. We distinguish dominance, as a property of the bilingual mind and a concept of language knowledge, from proficiency, as a concept of language use. We discuss ways in which language dominance may be assessed, with a focus on measures of mean length of utterance (MLU). Comparison of MLU in the child's 2 languages is subject to questions of comparability across languages. Using the Hong Kong Bilingual corpus of Cantonese… 
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