This is my first post in this forum. Since I'm not a parent yet I'll post my very short introduction in this post.
My name is Nele and I'm a university student in Germany. As already mentioned, I'm not a parent yet (and probably won't be for a little while) but I'm planning on raising any future kids bilingually. I speak two languages (German, English) and am currently learning two more (Swedish, French).
Moving on to my original cause for this post: I'm currently about to write my bachelor thesis on 'The Influence of Language Dominance on Code-mixing in Bilingual First Language Acquisition'. Before I can really start I urgently need participants that are willing to fill out a survey on their bilingual child's language production, particularly the mixing of the different languages, at/before the age of 3, and after turning 4 (if applicable). The survey is completely anonymous and consists mainly of single/multiple choice questions, although I'm also looking for specific examples of language mixing (if you can remember particular instances).
I would be super grateful, if some of you took the time to help me.
Welcome to the Zoo! I'm more than happy to fill out your study. But I wanted to check out 2 issues: - I have 2 kids (7 and 4), should I fill out 1 form for each? - We are a trilingual family - 1ml is taught by a native (my husband) and the other ml by a non-native (me). We do not actively foster the ML besides schoolwork. Are you interested in just natives raising bilingual, or are non-natives okay too?
Yes, the questions are geared toward one child, so one form for each child would be great, but they're technically also only geared toward a bilingual child, meaning that they only ask for Language A and B of the child and there's no real space for a third one. If the child maybe has a least used language you could answer the questions with regard to the two most 'relevant' languages and put the third (less used/dominant) language in parentheses.
It doesn't matter whether you're a native or non-native, non-native works too.
I tried completing as best as I could: we do not have a weaker language out of the 3 ( I make sure it doesn't happen! lol ) So I did language A for the 2 mls and language B for the ML. Hope it went okay. I think I might have made one mistake in one of the forms when answering one of the first questions but otherwise it should be okay.
Hope this helps. Please share with us the link to your results the day you publish them (if available on web). It is always interesting to find out more about bilingualism.
I also filled out the survey for both my kids. There were many questions I had to answer saying I didn't know, because I don't hear them speak the ML enough to compare both languages. I hope it still helps!
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