Language Mixing in Infant Bilingualism: A Sociolinguistic Perspective

Paperback | July 30, 2004

byElizabeth Lanza

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Examines the simultaneous acquisition of Norwegian and English by two first-born children each with one American and one Norwegian parent. Investigates the issue of language mixing in relation to language dominance and the child's differentiation between the two languages in relation to thecommunicative demands of the context. The paperback edition of Elizabeth Lanza's classic investigation of infant bilingualism includes a new section assessing recent research and contains an extensive updated bibliography.

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Examines the simultaneous acquisition of Norwegian and English by two first-born children each with one American and one Norwegian parent. Investigates the issue of language mixing in relation to language dominance and the child's differentiation between the two languages in relation to thecommunicative demands of the context. The pape...

Elizabeth Lanza is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Oslo.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:422 pages, 9.13 × 6.06 × 0.92 inPublished:July 30, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199265062

ISBN - 13:9780199265060

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Language Mixing: Some Psycholinguistic, Neurolinguistic, and Sociolinguistic Issues3. A Study in Infant Bilingualism4. Language Mixing by the Young Bilingual Child: Some Formal Aspects5. Language Choice by the Young Bilingual Child: Form and Function in Discourse6. Language Mixing and Language Input: Parental Discourse Strategies7. ConclusionAfterwordAppendicesReferences

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`the depth and richness of Lanza's analysis place her book in the 'must-read category' for anyone researching not only bilingual child language, but also bilingualism in general and the different aspects of all language acquisition ... Lanza's thoroughness will be difficult to surpass ... shenever fails to ground her claims in extensive justification ...'Nordic Journal of Linguistics