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LINGUIST List 21.2328

Mon May 24 2010

Qs: Bi/Multilingualism and Specific Genres of Writing

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        1.    Deborah Chua, Bi/Multilingualism and Specific Genres of Writing

Message 1: Bi/Multilingualism and Specific Genres of Writing
Date: 24-May-2010
From: Deborah Chua <debchua2004yahoo.com.sg>
Subject: Bi/Multilingualism and Specific Genres of Writing
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Dear LINGUIST List subscribers,

I have a question which I was wondering if anyone could help me with.

Would anyone know of any studies that empricially examine
bi/multilingualism in relation to specific genres of writing (e.g. narrative
writing, expository/academic writing, etc.)?

Most studies on multilingualism, I notice, are on spoken language or
specific linguistic features. Then there are also those that look at how
literacy development (i.e. reading and writing in its most general sense,
like orthograhy, etc.) in young children can be helped or hindered by
developing that literacy in more than one language, aka multilingually.
There are also many studies, most of which are not directly centred on
multilingualism or do not even mention the term, 'multiligualism,' in their
discourse, but which make speculative claims about problems faced in
say, academic writing, to English not being the first language of its
writer or to interference from the writer's 'other' language(s).

But I do not seem to be able to find any research that empirically
examines bi/multilingualism in relation to a particular genre of writing? If
anyone knows of any such studies, I would appreciate any references,
because I'm interested to know how previous research along this line
was undertaken, i.e. presuming that there is previous research along
this line?

Many thanks in advance.

Deborah Chua

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis

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