9781847691484

Bilingual First Language Acquisition

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  • ISBN13:

    9781847691484

  • ISBN10:

    184769148X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-17
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Summary

Increasingly, children grow up hearing two languages from birth. This textbook explains how children learn to understand and speak those languages. It brings together both established knowledge and the latest findings about different areas of bilingual language development (sounds, words, sentences, language choice) in a perspective that emphasizes the role of children's language learning environments.

Author Biography

Annick De Houwer has recently been appointed as Chair of Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Erfurt in Germany. She is also the new Director of the Language Center there. In addition, Professor De Houwer holds the title of Collaborative Investigator to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (U.S.A.). Her PhD was based on a dissertation on bilingual acquisition, a topic she has since continued to work on steadily. Her book The Acquisition of Two Languages from Birth (CUP, 1990) is widely cited in the bilingual acquisition literature. Dr. De Houwer has also published on Dutch child language, attitudes towards child language, teen language, and intralingual subtitling. She has extensive editorial experience.

Table of Contents

Introducing Bilingual First Language Acquisition
Bilingual children's language development: an overview
Research methods in BFLA
Socializing environments and BLFA
Sounds in BFLA
Words in BFLA
Sentences in BFLA
Harmonious bilingual development
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