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LINGUIST List 24.4225

Fri Oct 25 2013

Books: One child two languages: Itani-Adams

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 21-Oct-2013
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: One child two languages: Itani-Adams
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Title: One child two languages
Subtitle: Bilingual first language acquisition in Japanese and English
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Language Acquisition 32
Published: 2013
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Book URL: http://www.lincom-shop.eu/

Author: Yuki Itani-Adams
Paperback: ISBN: 9783862884352 Pages: 322 Price: Europe EURO 74.40
Abstract:

This is the first Japanese-English Bilingual First Language Acquisition (BFLA) longitudinal study carried out within the framework of Processability Theory (Pienemann, 1998a, 2005). The informant of this study is a girl growing up bilingually in an Australian family within a one-parent-one-language environment from birth, where the mother is a Japanese native speaker and the father an English native speaker in an English-dominant community. The corpus consists of naturally spoken production of English and Japanese by the child, collected over 3 years and 9 months from age 1;11 (one year and eleven month) to 4;10.

The present study investigates her lexical development, the acquisition of morphology and syntax in the two languages, and further examines the relationships between lexical and grammatical development within each of the two languages. The study addresses one of the main issues in the field of BFLA; ‘does a bilingual child develop the two languages separately from the beginning?’ Results indicate that both Japanese and English of the child developed in the sequence predicted by PT, and that for one bilingual child, Japanese and English each developed in parallel but in a separate manner.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Japanese (jpn)

Written In: English (eng)

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