Age-Differences in Understanding Moore-Paradox Sentences by Bilingual Children Cover Image

Életkori sajátosságok a Moore-paradoxonos mondatok megértésében kétnyelvű gyermekeknél
Age-Differences in Understanding Moore-Paradox Sentences by Bilingual Children

Author(s): Krisztina Bartha
Subject(s): Language studies, Applied Linguistics
Published by: Филозофски факултет, Универзитет у Новом Саду
Keywords: bilingualism; Moore’s paradox; logical inconsistency; successive and simultaneous bilingualism

Summary/Abstract: Bilingual children show better developed cognitive and executive functions than their monolingual peers. In my research I investigate the characteristics of understanding Moore-paradox sentences in bilingual children. In these sentences statements contain logically inconsistent propositions. My research aims to understand the development of this ability in bilingual children. My questions are: When do bilingual children develop the understanding of sentences containing logical inconsistency? Does the type of bilingualism affect the development of understanding? My experiment involved 80 simultaneous and successive bilingual children aged 5-8 years, whose task was to identify sentences containing the Moore-paradox. My results confirm that simultaneous bilingual children develop this ability faster than successive bilinguals. While the majority of the simultaneous group understands them at 5-6 years of age, the successive groups’ understanding develops at the age of 7-8 years.

  • Issue Year: 20/2019
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 36-48
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Hungarian