Acquisition of Two Languages from Birth by Annick De Houwer
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Acquisition of Two Languages from Birth
By Annick De Houwer

The Acquisition of Two Languages from Birth

A Case Study

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Acquisition of Two Languages from Birth by Annick De Houwer

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521366526
ISBN-10: 0521366526
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Pages: 408
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jun-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Introduction to Bilingual Development by Annick De Houwer Introduction to Bilingual Development, Paperback (May 2009)

This introductory textbook shows how children learn to understand and speak two languages against the backdrop of their language learning environments. A narrative around the bilingual development of four young children with different language profiles helps to explain the latest research findings in a lively and accessible manner.

Acquisition of Two Languages from Birth by Annick De Houwer Acquisition of Two Languages from Birth, Paperback (March 2006)

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