An Anthology of Bilingual Child Phonology Edited by: Elena Babatsouli, Martin J. Ball

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30 Jun 2020
Second Language Acquisition
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156


This edited book is a collection of studies on protolanguage phonology, referring to the development of children’s autonomous linguistic systems from their first meaningful forms to complete cognitive and articulatory acquisition of language. The volume comprises chapters on child bilingual phonological development, understood as the acquisition or use of more than one linguistic code, whether actual languages, dialects, or communication modes, in an array of contexts. Such contexts include endogenous and exogenous bilingualism, heritage language, bilectalism, trilingualism, and typical and atypical use. The contributed works here will be of interest to researchers and postgraduate students investigating language acquisition in bi-/multilingual settings, as well as those working on child phonological development across a variety of languages.

Author Biography:

Elena Babatsouli is Assistant Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA. She has edited On Under-reported Monolingual Child Phonology and co-edited Crosslinguistic Encounters in Language Acquisition with David Ingram and Nicole Müller (Multilingual Matters), among other volumes. She co-edits with Martin Ball the Journal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (Equinox).

Martin Ball is Honorary Professor at the University of Bangor, Wales. He is a lead journal and book-series editor and a prominent figure in clinical linguistics/phonetics with numerous monographs and edited books, including most recently Grammatical Profiles: Further Languages of LARSP (co-edited with Paul Fletcher and David Crystal, Multilingual Matters).

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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