LINGUIST List 32.1176

Fri Apr 02 2021

FYI: Antonella Sorace ExLing Tutorial

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 31-Mar-2021
From: Antonis Botinis <>
Subject: Antonella Sorace ExLing Tutorial
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Monolinguals: a species facing extinction?

Linguistics research has traditionally been shaped by the idea of a native monolingual speaker. Research on language learning and bilingualism has also defined attainment levels (e.g. “near-native speakers”) and differences (‘advantages' or 'disadvantages’) with respect to native monolingual norms. Is this still appropriate? I will show how interdisciplinary research that combines the strengths of linguistic, cognitive and social models is deconstructing the notion of the 'monolingual speaker' as a default. This, in turn, opens up new research avenues on bilingualism and, more generally, on language.

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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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