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Language Dominance in Bilinguals
Issues of Measurement and Operationalization

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Carmen Silva-Corvalán, Jeanine Treffers-Daller, Silvina Montrul, Anika Schmeißer, Malin Hager, Laia Arnaus Gil, Veronika Jansen, Jasmin Geveler, Nadine Eichler, Marisa Patuto, Natascha Müller, François Grosjean, David Birdsong, Tomasz Korybski, Annick De Houwer, Marc H. Bornstein, Sharon Unsworth, Tanja Kupisch, Joost van de Weijer, Francesca La Morgia, Elena Nicoladis
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  • Date Published: January 2016
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  • isbn: 9781316455463

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  • With contributions from leading scholars of bilingualism, Language Dominance in Bilinguals is the first publication to survey different approaches to language dominance, along with suggested avenues for further research. It illustrates how a critical approach to the notion of language dominance, as well as its operationalization and measurement, can provide new insights into this burgeoning area of research. Drawing on adult and child data from a variety of language pairs, the chapters discuss how language dominance is to be conceptualized and distinguished from such related constructs as language proficiency and language competence. This volume is the first of its kind to present an overview of different approaches to language dominance from across the theoretical spectrum, as well as suggested avenues for further research. Accessibly written, Language Dominance in Bilinguals is a valuable new addition to the field and essential reading for students and scholars working in bilingualism, speech therapy and education.

    • Includes contributions from experts across the theoretical spectrum
    • Proposes new ways to define and measure language dominance
    • Contains a comprehensive index
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    'This ambitious book fills an important gap in bi- and multilingual research. Providing a well-motivated theoretical basis, it covers a broad variety of different ways of operationalising and measuring dominance.' Heidi Rontu, Aalto University, Finland

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    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316455463
    • contains: 28 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Digging into dominance: a closer look at language dominance in bilinguals Carmen Silva-Corvalán and Jeanine Treffers-Daller
    2. Dominance and proficiency in early and late bilingualism Silvina Montrul
    3. Related but different: the two concepts of language dominance and language proficiency Anika Schmeißer, Malin Hager, Laia Arnaus Gil, Veronika Jansen, Jasmin Geveler, Nadine Eichler, Marisa Patuto and Natascha Müller
    4. The complementarity principle and its impact on processing, acquisition, and dominance François Grosjean
    5. Dominance in bilingualism: foundations of measurement, with insights from the study of handedness David Birdsong
    6. Using lexical diversity measures to operationalize language dominance in bilinguals Jeanine Treffers-Daller and Tomasz Korybski
    7. Balance patterns in early bilingual acquisition: a longitudinal study of word comprehension and production Annick De Houwer and Marc H. Bornstein
    8. Amount of exposure as a proxy for dominance in bilingual language acquisition Sharon Unsworth
    9. The role of the childhood environment for language dominance: a study of adult simultaneous bilingual speakers of German and French Tanja Kupisch and Joost van de Weijer
    10. Assessing the relationship between input and strength of language development: a study on Italian-English bilingual children Francesca La Morgia
    11. Measuring language dominance in bilingual children: implications for cross-linguistic influence Elena Nicoladis
    12. Language dominance: the construct, its measurement and operationalization Jeanine Treffers-Daller
    13. Conclusion Jeanine Treffers-Daller.

  • Editors

    Carmen Silva-Corvalán, University of Southern California
    Carmen Silva-Corvalán is Professor Emerita of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Southern California.

    Jeanine Treffers-Daller, University of Reading
    Jeanine Treffers-Daller is Professor of Second Language Education at the Institute of Education, University of Reading.

    Contributors

    Carmen Silva-Corvalán, Jeanine Treffers-Daller, Silvina Montrul, Anika Schmeißer, Malin Hager, Laia Arnaus Gil, Veronika Jansen, Jasmin Geveler, Nadine Eichler, Marisa Patuto, Natascha Müller, François Grosjean, David Birdsong, Tomasz Korybski, Annick De Houwer, Marc H. Bornstein, Sharon Unsworth, Tanja Kupisch, Joost van de Weijer, Francesca La Morgia, Elena Nicoladis

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