Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

M.Sc. in Speech Language Pathology


Department of Speech and Hearing

First Advisor

Dr. Veena K D


Abstract: Bilingualismisacognitivelydevastatingexperienceforchildrenhencetheremight be metalinguistic benefits for those children who are learning more thanonelanguage.Aim: The aim of the present study was to compare metalinguistic abilities inKannada between bilingual and monolingual children between the age range of 7-8 years. Method: The first phase of the study involved the preparation of material, followed by the second phase which involved the administration of prepared material to assess the metalinguistic abilities of children between 7-8 years. The material was administered to a total of 97 typically developing children between the age ranges of 7 to 8 years. 37 children were assigned to Kannada-speaking monolingual group and 60 in Kannada –English speaking bilingual group. Results:In the present study, there was a significant difference between the bilingualandmonolingualgroupsintwodomainsi.e.,Metaphonology&Metamorphology.This highlights on the positive effect of bilingualism on metalinguistic performance. Key words:Metalinguistic ability, Monolingual and Bilingual children, Kannada.