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Bilingual Competence and Bilingual Proficiency in Child Development
Author: Norbert Francis

ISBN: 9780262016391
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 17 November 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.7
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When two or more languages are part of a child's world, we are presented with a rich opportunity to learn something about language in general and about how the mind works. In this book, Norbert Francis examines the development of bilingual proficiency and the different kinds of competence that come together in making up its component parts. In particular, he explores problems of language ability when children use two languages for tasks related to schooling, especially in learning how to read and write. He considers both broader research issues and findings from an ongoing investigation of child bilingualism in an indigenous language--speaking community in Mexico. This special sociolinguistic context allows for a unique perspective on some of the central themes of bilingualism research today, including the distinction between competence and proficiency, modularity, and the Poverty of Stimulus problem. Francis proposes that competence (knowledge) should ...

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