Language Mixing in Infant Bilingualism

Language Mixing in Infant Bilingualism : A Sociolinguistic Perspective

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This book addresses the issue of language contact in the context of child language acquisition. Lanza examines in detail the simultaneous acquisition of Norwegian and English by two first-born children in families living in Norway in which the mother is American and the father Norwegian. She connects psycholinguistic arguments with sociolinguistic evidence, adding a much-needed dimension of real language use in context to the psycholinguistic studies which have
dominated the field. She draws upon evidence from other studies to support her claims concerning language dominance and the child's differentiation between the two languages in relation to the situation, interlocutor, and the communicative demands of the context. She also addresses the question of whether
or not the language mixing of infant bilingualism is conceptually different from the codeswitching of older bilinguals, thus helping to bridge the gap between these two fields of study.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 162 x 242 x 27mm | 770g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • halftone figures, tables
  • 0198235755
  • 9780198235750

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a timely contribution to the field of bilingual acquisition research ... offers a rare but much needed social-interactional and context-based perspective on early bilingual development ... the main strength of Lanza's approach ... lies in the highly detailed and insightful analyses of the dynamics of parent-child interactions and their effect on children's language choice ... Lanza has done the field of bilingual acquisition research a great favor by drawing
attention to the more sociolinguistic, interactional aspects of early bilingual development ... future research into bilingual acquisition can now no longer ignore the importance of the sociolinguistic dimension of learning to speak more than one language from infancy. * Annick De Houwer, Anthropological Linguistics 41 no3, 1999 *
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