Institute of English Studies University of Warsaw

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  1. Early Bilingualism in a Migrant Setting
  2. Rationale
  3. Analyses
  4. Outcomes
  5. Our Team

The Phonological and Morpho-syntactic Features of the Language and Discourse of Polish Children Raised Bilingually in Migrant Communities in Great Britain 



The present project is funded by a grant awarded to Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic, PhD, by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Decision nr 0094/NPRH3/H12/82/2014), carried out at the Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Warsaw, Poland.

The aim of the current project is to describe the phonological and morpho-syntactic system as well as the discourse features of Polish-English bilingual children (aged from 4;5 to 6;5) brought up in migrant homes in the UK. 


To this end, we have created a corpus of 100 speech samples of bilingual children living in the UK, which undergoes a detailed linguistic analysis. It is being compared with a reference corpus of 150 speech samples of monolingual children living in Poland (matched for age and socioeconomic status), and a smaller corpus of samples of monolingual English children living in the UK.

By comparing the language systems of bilingual children and their monolingual peers, we will establish whether there are differences between the phonological and morpho-syntactic competences and discourse abilities of bilingual and monolingual children. Additionally, we want to examine the directionality of crosslinguistic influences (language transfer) between the two languages that the bilingual children use.

The project is the spiritual successor of the research carried out within COST Action IS0804 “Language impairment in Multilinguals Society” and the Polish project within this Action “Cognitive and language development of Polish bilingual children at the school entrance age - risks and opportunities" supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education /National Science Centre (Decision nr 809/N-COST/2010/0) and carried out at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw (Principal Investigator: Ewa Haman, PhD) and the Institute of Psychology Jagiellonian University (Principal Investigator: Zofia Wodniecka, PhD).