Comparing Expressive Vocabulary Size in Children From Bilingual and Monolingual Home Environments A Reply to Patterson's (2004) Commentary Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   October 01, 2004
Comparing Expressive Vocabulary Size in Children From Bilingual and Monolingual Home Environments
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Leslie Rescorla
    Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: lrescorl@brynmawr.edu
  • Leslie Rescorla, PhD, Department of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. E-mail: lrescorl@brynmawr.edu
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Development / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Language / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   October 01, 2004
Comparing Expressive Vocabulary Size in Children From Bilingual and Monolingual Home Environments
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 2004, Vol. 47, 1216-1217. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2004/090)
History: Received May 25, 2004 , Accepted May 26, 2004
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 2004, Vol. 47, 1216-1217. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2004/090)
History: Received May 25, 2004; Accepted May 26, 2004
We appreciate the opportunity to respond to Janet Patterson’s (2004)  commentary on our article “Use of the Language Development Survey (LDS) in a National Probability Sample of Children 18 to 35 Months Old” (Rescorla & Achenbach, 2002) . In her commentary, Patterson first summarized our finding that 25% of children who came from homes in which one or more languages other than English were spoken had lower mean LDS vocabulary scores than the rest of the sample. She then argued that our study’s methods were inadequate for comparing bilingual and monolingual children’s performance. In the rest of her commentary, Patterson articulated the methodological features that should be used to compare vocabulary development in monolingual versus bilingual toddlers.
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