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Multilingual Norms

by Madalena Cruz-Ferreira (Volume editor)
©2010 Edited Collection XIV, 419 Pages

Summary

Multilinguals are not multiple monolinguals. Yet multilingual assessment proceeds through monolingual norms, as if fair conclusions were possible in the absence of fair comparison. In addition, multilingualism concerns what people do with language, not what languages do to people. Yet research focus remains on multilinguals’ languages, as if languages existed despite their users. This book redresses these paradoxes. Multilingual scholars, teachers and speech-language clinicians from Europe, Asia, Australia and the US contribute the first studies dedicated to multilingual norms, those found in real-life multilingual development, assessment and use. Readership includes educators, clinicians, decision-makers and researchers interested in multilingualism.

Details

Pages
XIV, 419
Year
2010
ISBN (PDF)
9783653004786
ISBN (Softcover)
9783631596371
DOI
10.3726/978-3-653-00478-6
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (June)
Keywords
Multiligual homes Multilingual schools linguistic impairment Multiligual child language development Multilingual competence
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XIV, 419 pp., num. fig., tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Madalena Cruz-Ferreira (Volume editor)

The Editor: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira, Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Manchester (UK) is an independent researcher on multilingualism, child language, phonology and intonation, and the language of science. Recent publications include books on child trilingualism, introductory linguistics and English grammar.

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