Download e-book for iPad: Bilingual Language Acquisition: Spanish and English in the by Carmen Silva-Corvalán

By Carmen Silva-Corvalán

How do youngsters advance bilingual competence? Do bilingual youngsters advance language within the similar means as monolinguals? Set within the context of findings on language improvement, this ebook examines the purchase of English and Spanish via brothers within the first six years in their lives. in keeping with in-depth and meticulous analyses of naturalistic facts, it explores how the structures of either languages have an effect on one another because the young ones increase, and the way diversified degrees of publicity to every language impact the character of acquisition. the writer demonstrates that the kid's grammars and lexicons keep on with a developmental direction just like that of monolinguals, yet that cross-linguistic interactions affecting lexical, semantic and discourse-pragmatic elements come up in Spanish while publicity to it diminishes round the age of 4. the 1st of its type, this unique examine is a must-read for college kids and researchers in bilingualism, baby improvement, language acquisition and language contact.

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