Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education

First Advisor

Sandra Gillam

Abstract

This study was designed to determine whether mazing behavior in narrative retells of bilingual English and Spanish speaking children was affected by language, complexity of sentence structure, and language development over time. Language transcripts were analyzed from English and Spanish narrative retells elicited from 216 children between the ages of 5 and 9 at the beginning and end of kindergarten, first, and second grade years. Findings revealed a statistically significant difference in the average maze scores and sentence types. A significant interaction was also found between time and language, with maze scores remaining nearly level over time in English and decreasing slightly in Spanish.

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