Proficiency Predictors in Sequential Bilinguals

Proficiency Predictors in Sequential Bilinguals : The Proficiency Puzzle

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This Element provides an overview of research considering variables deemed to impact bilingual language acquisition, and highlights research outcomes from a variety of disciplines. An exploratory study takes into account these variables and examines the language acquisition of adult Spanish-English bilinguals across a range of domains in their two languages. The results demonstrate that the highly interactive nature of bilingual speakers' languages is in line with a holistic view of the dynamic, interdependent nature of bilingualism as described by usage-based theories and dynamic systems theories, and by the conceptualization of bilingual language from a Dynamic Interactive Processing Perspective.
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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 153 x 230 x 5mm | 150g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises; 16 Tables, unspecified; 1 Line drawings, unspecified
  • 1108725244
  • 9781108725248

Table of contents

1. What are the key concepts?; 2. What are the main branches of research?; 3. What are the key readings?; 4. What are the new avenues for research?; 5. What are the implications for SLA, bilingualism, and pedagody?; 6. Conclusion: moving away from a deficiency view of bilingual language skills.
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