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ERIC Number: ED222078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Linguistic Proficiency: How Bilingual Discourse Can Show That a Child Has It. Professional Papers G-1.
The traditional model of linguistic proficiency has been a monolingual one that ignores the worth of communicating in two languages in a single speech situation. An alternative view is explored in which the two languages are components of a single skill, communication. Segments of a Spanish language interview with a bilingual Mexican-American child are analyzed in order to illustrate the integrated use of two languages in a single communicative event. The roles of the participants and the goals of the adult and child in the interaction are discussed. The ways in which the child exhibits his bilingual proficiencies demonstrate successful communication through complementary use of bilingual skills in socially situated discourse. Such accomplishments have not been adequately recognized in existing evaluations of language proficiency or traditional bilingual theory. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Bilingual Research, Los Alamitos, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Forum on Ethnoperspectives in Bilingual Education Research (Ypsilanti, MI, June 12, 1980).