ERIC Number: ED155916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Acquisition of Bilingualism: A Code-Switching Approach. Working Papers in Sociolinguistics, No. 39.
Research was conducted to examine the language acquisition of a Mexican-American child who has been brought up in a linguistic environment where code-switching between Spanish and English is the dominant style of speaking. In addition, the relation of code- switching to the acquisition of bilingualism is analyzed. The speech of the subject, a two-year-old boy in a middle class bilingual family, was recorded and analyzed for nine months. Observations concerning the child's speech habits and linguistic repertoire were also considered in the analysis. Documentation is provided on the structure and rules of code-switching. It is concluded that code-switching appears not to be detrimental to the development of bilingualism, but, on the contrary, seems to be one approach to the simultaneous acquisition and maintenance of two languages. (AMH)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingualism, Child Development, Child Language, Code Switching (Language), Discourse Analysis, English, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Mexican Americans, Preschool Children, Psycholinguistics, Social Influences, Sociolinguistics, Spanish, Verbal Development, Vocabulary Development
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 211 East 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.