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Bilingual Competence and Bilingual Proficiency in Child Development

Norbert Francis


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. This book examines the development of bilingual proficiency and the different kinds of competence that come together in making up its component parts. In particular, it explores problems of language ability when children use two languages for tasks related to schooling, especially in learning how to read and write. It considers both broader research issues and findings from an ongoing investigation of child bilingualism in a ... More

Keywords: bilingual proficiency, language ability, schooling, bilingualism, indigenous language, Mexico, competence, modularity, Poverty of Stimulus, literacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016391
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norbert Francis, author