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Multilingualism from Infancy to Adolescence - Eduardo D. Faingold

Multilingualism from Infancy to Adolescence

Paperback Published: 5th September 2000
ISBN: 9781593110901
Number Of Pages: 144

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This book studies the acquisition, loss and re-acquisition of Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Hebrew, the first languages of this writer's son. It applies the results of current work in the areas of psycholinguistics, bilingualism, and applied linguistics to the study of language development in one multilingual child, Noam, from birth to age 17. The acquisition, loss, and re-acquisition of four languages by Noam also is compared with that of other children studied by the author and others. This book uncovers linguistic, cognitive, psychological, and social mechanisms of language acquisition, loss, and re-acquisition and documents the child's increasing, decreasing, and, in turn, increasing proficiency in four languages. This book applies Dromi's guidelines for qualitative case-study research to the study of language development in one multilingual child (Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, English), Noam, from birth to age seventeen. In addition, the results of Noam's case study are compared with other case studies conducted by this author as well as by other researchers.

Introductionp. 1
The acquisition of word meaning and lexicon : referential avoidance and parental interventionp. 9
The acquisition of syllabic and word structure : individual differences and universal constraintsp. 27
Variation in the acquisition of syllabic and word structure : language-dependent constraintsp. 37
The re-emergence of Spanish and Hebrew in early adolescencep. 49
The re-acquisition of Spanish, Hebrew, and Portuguese in late adolescencep. 57
Summary, conclusions, and future researchp. 69
Phonetic symbolsp. 75
Noam's vocabularyp. 77
Nurit's vocabularyp. 95
Samples of diary entries and transcriptions from tapesp. 103
Stages of language acquisitionp. 105
Oral proficiency interviewsp. 113
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ISBN: 9781593110901
ISBN-10: 1593110901
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 5th September 2000
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.22

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