A Child Language Acquisition in Indonesian and English Language: A Longitudinal Case Study

Fitriani, Somariah A Child Language Acquisition in Indonesian and English Language: A Longitudinal Case Study. REGISTER JOURNAL, 12 (2). pp. 126-155. ISSN 1979-8903

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Learning a dual language at the same time during early childhood has caused
the wrong perception. Its false perception makes the parents delay the start of
learning a second /foreign language. Therefore, this study aims at analyzing
the first and second language acquisition of a child in the Indonesian
Language and English. The issues concentrated on the spoken utterances in
Indonesian and English and its affecting factors. The research adopted a
qualitative approach by using a case study, as the unit analysis is a child of 3
years old. For data collection, I employed the naturalistic approach, which I
kept daily notes on the progress of a child’s linguistic and recorded the
dialogues. Since it is a longitudinal study, the research was conducted for two
years, from 2014 to 2015. The research has revealed that utterances spoken
have primarily increased and the child has already understood the commands
by following the instructions. Some concepts such as feeling, taste, color, and
numbers as well as short phrases and simple words in Indonesian and English
at the same time can be understood and uttered. She also can change the
affirmative sentence to question in term of objects she sees in her surroundings.
Factors such as linguistic input, imitation, environment, exposure, and
language acquisition device can all affect the child’s utterance. Thus, it
indicates that two languages can be taught at the same time at an early age,
and it doesn’t cause misunderstanding or confusion.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: ST Bahar Sobari
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2019 02:49
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2019 02:49
URI: http://repository.uhamka.ac.id/id/eprint/754

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