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Bilingual First Language Acquisition (MM Textbooks) by [De Houwer, Annick]
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This is a masterful introduction to one of the fastest growing areas in language studies. --Brian MacWhinney

About the Author

Annick De Houwer is Research Professor at the University of Antwerp in Belgium and Collaborative Investigator to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (U.S.A.). Her PhD in Linguistics from the Free University of Brussels (1988) was based on a dissertation on bilingual acquisition, a topic she has since continued to work on steadily. Her first book, The Acquisition of Two Languages from Birth (CUP, 1990), is widely cited in the bilingual acquisition literature. Dr. De Houwer has also published on Dutch child language, attitudes towards child language, teen language, and intralingual subtitling. She has extensive editorial experience.

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  • Print Length: 405 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K8IRDO
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Brilliant book. Love De Houwer's style of writing, as it's very clear, uses a lot of useful subheadings and tables - so if like me, you're on a course and need to dip in and out for particular things, it's particularly useful. Content wise, it really does cover a lot. Discusses language acquisition in mono and bi lingual speakers and how and why it is important, gives useful references back to other sources over the years and this book pulls a lot of research that was all over the place into one handy book. Really useful for SLT, especially with the appendices that show tables of studies that were taken out for different areas eg. speech rhythm in bilingual children or comparative studies between monolingual and bilingual children. It also discusses research, social environments, sounds, words, sentences, and 'harmonious development' referring to the whole child, how the main language of the environment may be different to the home language, and the conflict that might arise e.g. if the child chooses only to speak the majority language and not the home language etc.

This book is much more of an easy read - the content is still academic - but it's not bogged down in too much jargon, you would only really have this book if you were studying something particular in this filed of linguistics / language acquisition / SLT anyway, and the vocabulary used is fairly straightforward.

Much better writing and clearer from De Houwer than her mentor Eve Clark (First Language Acquisition - a book I found particularly challenging as it is very heavy going, useful but much more formal and waffly and would require several read throughs of paragraphs to 'get' and virtually no visual aids in tables or diagrams making it tough going) - a fact that mean I dreaded this book before I had read it, but was pleasantly surprised that it is much more my style, straightforward, to the point, and more intuitive with the examples it gives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but poor kindle formatting 5 Jun. 2013
By deniko - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm raising a bilingual child, so I bought the kindle edition of this book to help me out. This book is written for the students of linguistics, but all the concepts are described very clearly and intelligibly even for laymen like me. Very helpful and inspiring. I'll give it five stars when the formatting for the Kindle edition is taken care of, as many figures and tables look weird and out of place, whereas they're just fine in the paper edition of the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars clear overview of main research on bilingual language development 1 July 2013
By liora neiss - Published on Amazon.com
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excellent book for anyone interested in bilingual language development, very broad overview of all recent research on this topic. very useful for professionals and students in this field
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