Language Mixing in Infant Bilingualism

Language Mixing in Infant Bilingualism : A Sociolinguistic Perspective

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Examines the simultaneous acquisition of Norwegian and English by two first-born children each with one American and one Norwegian parent. Investigates the issue of language mixing in relation to language dominance and the child's differentiation between the two languages in relation to the communicative demands of the context. The paperback edition of Elizabeth Lanza's classic investigation of infant bilingualism includes a new section assessing recent research and
contains an extensive updated bibliography.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 155 x 233 x 23mm | 636g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Corr for Pubn in Pbk ed.
  • numerous tables & figures
  • 0199265062
  • 9780199265060
  • 1,515,574

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Language Mixing: Some Psycholinguistic, Neurolinguistic, and Sociolinguistic Issues ; 3. A Study in Infant Bilingualism ; 4. Language Mixing by the Young Bilingual Child: Some Formal Aspects ; 5. Language Choice by the Young Bilingual Child: Form and Function in Discourse ; 6. Language Mixing and Language Input: Parental Discourse Strategies ; 7. Conclusion ; Afterword ; Appendices ; References
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Lanza's findings provide some insights into the micro-level of interaction in families where parents represent different languages and the factors which contribute to varying degrees of success with the "one parent - one language" principle. This makes the book very important for families and professionals in advisory capacity who want to know what parents can do in order to further the development of the child's weaker language. * Susanne Doepke, International Journal of Bilingualism * Readers familiar with bilingual research puzzles will find this book very stimulating * Rosemarie Tracy, Language in Society * The in-depth account of language choice and discourse exchanges in bilingual families is rich and informative ... Lanza's model of a bilingual - monolingual continuum of response strategies and sensitive analysis of the language socialization factors in family bilingualism should provide a challenge to other researchers in this domain to pursue equally complex examinations. * Johanne Paradis, Journal of Child Language * a timely contribution to the field of bilingual acquisition research that offers a rare but much needed social-interactional and context-based perspective on early bilingual development. * Annick DeHouwer, Anthropological Linguistics * Lanza's thoroughness will be difficult to surpass. * Helena Halmari, Nordic Journal of Linguistics * the depth and richness of Lanza's analysis place her book in the "must-read category" for anyone researching not only bilingual child language, but also bilingualism in general and the different aspects of all language acquisition. * Helena Halmari, Nordic Journal of Linguistics * Language Mixing in Infant Bilingualism makes an important contribution to the growing knowledge of dual language acquisition and language contact phenomena in general. * Helena Halmari, Nordic Journal of Linguistics *
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About Elizabeth Lanza

Elizabeth Lanza is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Oslo.
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