Storms, Ameel, and Malt [2015. “Development of Cross-language Lexical Influence.” International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 18: 529–547] compared the development of naming patterns in monolingual and bilingual children. They concluded that bilinguals’ naming patterns in their two languages become increasingly similar with age and are thus converging. In this commentary, we argue that taking into account younger participants’ smaller vocabulary and greater variability in names for individual objects changes the paper’s conclusions: bilingual naming patterns are found to diverge with age.

Reliability analysis, object naming, lexical development, lexical organization
dx.doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2017.1341467, hdl.handle.net/1765/125412
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Department of Psychology

White, A, Malt, B. C., Verheyen, S, & Storms, G. (2017). Development of cross-language lexical influence: divergence, not convergence. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 23(2), 241–243. doi:10.1080/13670050.2017.1341467