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The Bilingual Child: Early Development and Language Contact

The Bilingual Child: Early Development and Language Contact

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How does a child become bilingual? The answer to this intriguing question remains largely a mystery, not least because it has been far less extensively researched than the process of mastering a first language. Drawing on new studies of children exposed to two languages from birth (English and Cantonese), this book demonstrates how childhood bilingualism develops naturally in response to the two languages in the children's environment. Based on original research, the book will be welcomed by students and scholars working in child language acquisition, bilingualism and language contact.
1. Introduction; 2. Theoretical framework; 3. Methodology; 4. Wh-interrogatives: to move or not to move?; 5. Null objects: dual input and learnability; 6. Relative clauses: transfer and universals; 7. Vulnerable domains and the directionality of transfer; 8. Bilingual development and contact-induced grammaticalization; 9. Conclusions.
How does a child become bilingual? The answer to this intriguing question remains largely a mystery, not least because it has been far less extensively researched than the process of mastering a first language. Drawing on new studies of children exposed to two languages from birth (English and Cantonese), this book demonstrates how childhood bilingualism develops naturally in response to the two languages in the children's environment. While each bilingual child's profile is unique, the children studied are shown to develop quite differently from monolingual children. The authors demonstrate significant interactions between the children's developing grammars, as well as the important role played by language dominance in their bilingual development. Based on original research and using findings from the largest available multimedia bilingual corpus, the book will be welcomed by students and scholars working in child language acquisition, bilingualism and language contact.

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    Language Arts / Linguistics / Literacy; EDUCATION / Bilingual Education; LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General

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Autor: Virginia Yip
ISBN-13: 9780521836173
ISBN: 0521836174
Einband: Buch
Seiten: 320
Gewicht: 617 g
Format: 231x155x23 mm
Sprache: Englisch
Autor: Virginia Yip, Stephen Matthews
Virginia Yip is Professor in Linguistics and Modern Languages at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Stephen Matthews is Associate Professor in Linguistics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Autor: Virginia Yip
ISBN-13:: 9780521836173
ISBN: 0521836174
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.07.2007
Verlag: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Gewicht: 617g
Seiten: 320
Sprache: Englisch
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Sonstiges: Buch, 231x155x23 mm