By Colin Baker
During this obtainable consultant to bilingualism within the family members and the study room, Colin Baker offers a pragmatic photograph of the fun and problems of elevating bilingual young ones. The Q&A structure of this publication makes it the typical selection for the busy father or mother or instructor who wishes a simple reference consultant to the main commonly asked questions. This revised variation contains additional information on bilingualism within the electronic age, and comprises the most recent study in parts resembling neonatal language adventure, multilingualism, language blending and the influence that siblings have on family members language selection.
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He has a rare combination of being highly methodical, totally dependable and utterly serene. Finally, my thanks to Mike Grover for the telephone call, for the invitation to upgrade to a second edition, and especially for the very amenable and participatory style that has created a partnership born out of a shared vision of a more multilingual and multicultural new millennium. Page xiii An Introduction to the Second Edition The first edition was written in 1993/1994. Since then new research and scholarly writings have moved the study of childhood bilingualism forward in many different ways.
26 B2 Do Some Children Find It Easier Than Others to Become Bilingual? 27 B3 Is It Easier to Become Bilingual as a Young Child? 29 B4 How Early Do Bilingual Children Recognize That They Have Two Languages? 30 B5 Is It Better for My Child to Learn a Language Early to Secure Better Storage in the Brain? 31 B6 Will My Child Become Equally Fluent in Two Languages? 32 B7 Is It Better to Develop Two Languages Together or One Language Later Than the Other? 34 B8 How Do I Know My Child's Language Development in Each Language Is normal and Acceptable?
Types of Family Bilingualism Bilingual families and parents raising bilingual children are constantly referred to in this book. However, the language abilities of mother and father, the availability of language practice with the extended family, the nature of the local language community or region creates a wide variety of bilingual families. Bilingual families include many different combinations of answers to the following questions: (1) What language(s) does the mother speak to the child? (2) What language(s) does the father speak to the child?