LINGUIST List 21.2328|
Mon May 24 2010
Qs: Bi/Multilingualism and Specific Genres of Writing
Editor for this issue: Danielle St. Jean
We'd like to remind readers that the responses to queries are usually best posted to the individual asking the question. That individual is then strongly encouraged to post a summary to the list. This policy was instituted to help control the huge volume of mail on LINGUIST; so we would appreciate your cooperating with it whenever it seems appropriate.
In addition to posting a summary, we'd like to remind people that it is usually a good idea to personally thank those individuals who have taken the trouble to respond to the query.
To post to LINGUIST, use our convenient web form at http://linguistlist.org/LL/posttolinguist.cfm.
Bi/Multilingualism and Specific Genres of Writing
Message 1: Bi/Multilingualism and Specific Genres of Writing
From: Deborah Chua <debchua2004yahoo.com.sg>
Subject: Bi/Multilingualism and Specific Genres of Writing
E-mail this message to a friend
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
Many thanks in advance.
Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue
Page Updated: 24-May-2010
While the LINGUIST List makes every effort to ensure the linguistic relevance of sites listed
on its pages, it cannot vouch for their contents.