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ERIC Number: ED108463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 14
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Mexican-American Child Bilingualism: Double Deficit?
Dubois, Betty Lou; Fallis, Guadalupe Valdes
This paper argues that Mexican-American bilinguals are in danger of becoming victims of a double-deficit theory, i.e., they are erroneously considered by some to be deficient in both their languages. An article by Joseph H. Matluck and Betty J. Mace that takes the double-deficit viewpoint is refuted as being damaging to Mexican-American children. This position is defended by general remarks on standard usage, language change, interference, and first and second language acquisition; and by illustrating specific errors made in generalizing on the Mexican-American child's linguistic "deviations." (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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