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Reconsidering Early Bilingualism

A Corpus-Based Study of Polish Migrant Children in the United Kingdom


Marcin Opacki

This book investigates the language of Polish-English bilingual children raised in the United Kingdom and their Polish monolingual counterparts. It exemplifies the lexico-grammatical knowledge of both groups and uses corpus-based grammatical inference in order to establish the source of the impediment of the minority language of the bilingual group. The author applies the methodology of corpus linguistics and narrative analysis to study the language of young bilinguals. He presupposes the caveat that a child-type competence exists and can be contrasted with an adult-type competence. He uses a variety of corpus frequency measures to compare the specific stylometric features of bilingual child narratives and their monolingual counterparts. The book focuses on how bilingual and monolingual language differs in areas such as the lexicon, morphosyntax, and semantics.

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Chapter IX: Discussion and Implications


Chapter IX: Discussion and Implications

With all of the present analytical results summarized in Chapter VIII, I will now attempt to account for the origin of the observed phenomena, offering well-informed explanation, justified insight, and educated conjecture. This chapter is dedicated to this very purpose. We will begin by stating the a posteriori status of the tested hypotheses.

9.1 Verified Hypotheses

The analytical findings have largely corroborated most of the hypotheses submitted in Chapter V with one notable exception. The specific status of all hypotheses in the context of present research findings and existing research theories is discussed below.

9.1.1 Minority Language Impediment Etiology

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