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Title: The Acquisition of Two Languages from Birth
Subtitle: A Case Study
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Subject Language(s): Dutch
English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521024358
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