The concept of bilingualism has been analyzed for a very long time. Its definitions range from native-like competence in two languages to a minimal proficiency in a second language. Hence one might question why no consensus has been reached in this matter. The authors of this volume imply that there exists a number of theoretical and methodological difficulties raised by older definitions. The notion of bilingualism has to be investigated from different perspectives reflected by the dimensions each individual intends to diagnose. The aim of the book is to review critically the state of the art in the field of bilingualism. The volume reveals the details of empirical studies conducted by scholars from Europe, America and Australia. It depicts a truly interesting spectrum of research topics starting with the educational aspects of bilingualism, such as: bilingual acquisition, bilingual parenting methods and bilingual kindergartens, to reveal various issues of sociolinguistics and even bilingual literature.
SHARON ARMON-LOTEM is Associate Professor at the Department of English Literature and Linguistics and The Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar Ilan University, Israel. She has a PhD in Linguistics from Tel Aviv University with a specialization in syntax and language acquisition. Her research interests are in language acquisition by monolingual and bilingual children with and without Specific Language Impairment (SLI). She is particularly interested in linguistic features which can disentangle bilingualism and SLI, with a focus on syntax and its interfaces with morphology and semantics, and in the impact of internal and external variance on success in child second language acquisition.
PILAR BARBOSA is Associate Professor at the Department of Portuguese and Lusophone Studies, University of Minho, Braga (Portugal). She completed her PhD in Theoretical Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) in 1995. Her research interests include Comparative Syntax, Syntax-Morphology And Syntax-Semantics Interfaces, Romance Syntax, Language Variation, Sociolinguistics, Heritage Bilingualism.
ROBERT BLAGONI is Associate Professor at the University of Pula and also lectures as a visiting professor at the University of Zadar. He received a Bachelor’s degree (1995) in Italian language and literature from the University of Rijeka and a Master’s degree in Linguistics (1999) from the University of Zagreb where he also earned a PhD (2008) in Philology. From 2007 to 2012 he was the Head of Department of Romance and Classical Philology. He is currently the Head of Department of Italian Language and Literature. His research focuses on Sociolinguistics,...
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