Predicting Active Heritage Language Use: The Case of Moroccan-Dutch and English-Dutch Bilingual Children.
This thesis investigates which factors have an influence on the active HL use of two groups of bilingual children (Moroccan-Dutch and English-Dutch) aged 4 to 7. Previous research has found the variables: Siblings, Family constellation, Parental proficiency, Input richness, and Length of exposure, to be influential to HL development. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of the combination of these factors on HL use. The data was analysed using hierarchical linear regression analysis. The results show that HL use is influenced by different factors in the two bilingual groups. For the Moroccan-Dutch bilinguals, Age and Dutch input (both control variables) were found to be predictive of HL use. For the English-Dutch bilingual Richness and Family constellation showed to be predictive of HL use. Siblings and Length of exposure failed to provide significant results. The findings of the factor Parental proficiency remained inconclusive and promote further research.
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