The Acquisition of Two Languages from Birth : A Case Study (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Supplement)

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The Acquisition of Two Languages from Birth : A Case Study (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Supplement)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 352 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521366526
  • DDC分類 401.93

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This book deals with the question of how children exposed to two languages simultaneously from birth learn to speak those two languages. After a critical and comprehensive survey of most of the literature on the subject, the author concludes that empirically well-documented knowledge in this area is very scant indeed. The core of the book concerns a naturalistic study of a Dutch-English bilingual girl around the age of three. The study's main aim is to explore the nature of early bilingual morphosyntactic development. Detailed analyses of most aspects of this development show that a child who hears two separate languages spoken to her reflects this distinctness in the utterances she produces: each language is handled as a system in its own right. Furthermore, the young bilingual three-year-old greatly resembles her monolingual peers in either language. Both these findings, the author concludes, highlight the language-specific nature of the morphosyntactic development process. This book will interest linguists, psycholinguists, developmental psychologists, and child language specialists.

Table of Contents

1.  Introduction 2.  Bilingual first language
acquisition: methods and theories 3. A new
study of bilingual first language acquisition:
aims and hypothesis 4. Case study of a
bilingual child: introduction 5. Language
choice and mixed utterances 6. The nown phrase
7. The verb phrase 8. Syntactic analysis 9. The
morphological and syntactic analysis: a
recapitulation 10. Metalinguistic behaviour 11.
Findings and implications
References
Appendix
Index of names.