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The early acquisition of English as a second language: the case of young Chinese learners of English in Britain

Li, Wei (2011) The early acquisition of English as a second language: the case of young Chinese learners of English in Britain. In: de Houwer, A. and Wilton, A. (eds.) English in Europe Today: Sociocultural and Educational Perspectives. AILA Applied Linguistics Series 8. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins, pp. 95-112. ISBN 9789027205247.

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Abstract

One aspect of English in Europe today, particularly in Britain, is the fact that many children with an L1 that is not English acquire English outside the home at a very early age. This paper focuses on the acquisition of English by young Chinese children who were born in China but moved to Britain at around one year of age. As such this paper addresses the underexplored area of early acquisition of a second language prior to age three. The analyses focus on lexical acquisition, the use of code-switching and early grammatical learning of English. The results are discussed in relation to a number of hotly debated issues in the literature on bilingual first and early second language acquisition.

Item Type: Book Section
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2012 13:38
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:23
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4893

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