Language Mixing in Infant Bilingualism: A Sociolinguistic Perspective (Oxford Studies in Language Studies Contact Series)

Language Mixing in Infant Bilingualism: A Sociolinguistic Perspective (Oxford Studies in Language Studies Contact Series)

by Elizabeth Lanza
     
 

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This book examines the simultaneous acquisition of Norwegian and English by two first-born children each with one American and one Norwegian parent. Lanza investigates the issue of language mixing in relation to language dominance and the children's differentiation between the two languages in relation to the communicative demands of the context. This new paperback

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This book examines the simultaneous acquisition of Norwegian and English by two first-born children each with one American and one Norwegian parent. Lanza investigates the issue of language mixing in relation to language dominance and the children's differentiation between the two languages in relation to the communicative demands of the context. This new paperback edition contains an extensive updated bibliography.

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"Language Mixing and Infant Bilingualism, which is, incidentally, very well edited, continues to make a useful and important contribution to the field, because of its balanced framing of the issues, the clarity of its exposition, its varied analyses, and its validation of the sociolinguistic approach."—Linguist List 16.1591

"A timely contribution to the field of bilingual acquisition research....offers a rare but much needed social-interactional and context-based perspective on early bilingual development....the main strength of Lanza's approach....lies in the highly detailed and insightful analyses of the dynamics of parent-child interactions and their effect on children's language choice....Lanza has done the field of bilingual acquisition research a great favor by drawing attention to the more sociolinguistic, interactional aspects of early bilingual development.... future research into bilingual acquisition can now no longer ignore the importance of the sociolinguistic dimension of learning to speak more than one language from infancy."—Anthropological Linguistics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199265060
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Oxford Studies in Language Contact Series
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Lanza is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Oslo. She is currently involved in a project on multilingual education in elementary schools in Ethiopia.

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