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Bilingualism across the Lifespan : Aspects of Acquisition, Maturity and Loss - Kenneth Hyltenstam

Bilingualism across the Lifespan

Aspects of Acquisition, Maturity and Loss

By: Kenneth Hyltenstam (Editor), Loraine K. Obler (Editor)

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Published: 25th December 1989
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Bilingualism Across the Lifespan examines the dynamics of bilingual language processing over time from the perspectives of neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. This multidisciplinary approach is fundamental to an understanding of how the bilingual's two (or more) language systems interact with each other and with other higher cognitive systems, neurological substrates, and social systems - a central theme of this volume. Contributors examine the nature of bilingualism during various phases of the lifecycle - childhood, adulthood, and old age - and in various health/pathology conditions. Topics range from code separation in the young bilingual child, across various types of language pathologies in adult bilinguals, to language choice problems in dementia. The volume thus offers a broad overview of current theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of bilingualism. It will interest and stimulate researchers and graduate students in the fields of linguistics, neuropsychology, and developmental psychology, as well as in foreign language teaching, speech pathology, educational psychology, and special education.

List of contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Bilingualism across the lifespan: an introductionp. 1
Early differentiation of languages in bilingual childrenp. 13
Variation in children's ability to learn second languagesp. 41
Idiomaticity as an indicator of second language proficiencyp. 55
Prefabs, patterns and rules in interaction? Formulaic speech in adult learners' L2 Swedishp. 73
The imperfect conditionalp. 87
Spanish, Japanese and Chinese speakers' acquisition of English relative clauses: new evidence for the head-direction parameterp. 116
Distinguishing language contact phenomena: evidence from Finnish-English bilingualismp. 132
The boustrophedal brain: laterality and dyslexia in bi-directional readersp. 155
Deterioration and creativity in childhood bilingualismp. 173
Crosslinguistic influence in language lossp. 185
Bilingualism in Alzheimer's dementia: two case studiesp. 202
Language processing in the bilingual: evidence from language mixingp. 227
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780521359986
ISBN-10: 0521359988
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 25th December 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.39