Chapter 3Methodological considerations in heritage language
A comparison of sociolinguistic and acquisition-based
This study examines accuracy of heritage speakers
with respect to gender agreement of noun phrase (NP) constituents.
How does methodology affect participants’ accuracy with gender
agreement (GA)? Methods employed include an acquisition-based task,
and the sociolinguistic interview used in four groups: children who
access heritage language (HL) in school and in social network (SN);
children who access HL only in SN; children who access Spanish only
at school; and finally, children who access Spanish neither in
school nor in SN. Three groups showed comparable accuracy in
sociolinguistic interviews and acquisition task. For the group that
did not access Spanish at school/home, the accuracy was higher on a
sociolinguistic task (98.61%) compared to acquisition task (73%).
Different methodologies yielded different rates of accuracy. Methods
influence the participants’ task accuracy.
- 2.Review of literature
- 3.Grammatical gender
- 7.1Oral narrative/story retelling
- 7.2Statistical analysis of gender assignment tokens (story
- 7.3Sociolinguistic task (group conversation)
- 7.4Statistical analysis of sociolinguistic task