Although greater than part the world's inhabitants is bilingual, the learn of bilinguals has lagged at the back of that of monolinguals. With this publication, which pulls on twenty-five years of the author's learn, François Grosjean contributes considerably to redressing the stability. the amount covers 4 components of study: the definition and characterization of the bilingual individual, the conception and creation of spoken language by way of bilinguals, the sign-oral bilingualism of the Deaf, and methodological and conceptual matters in study on bilingualism. whereas the writer takes a principally psycholinguistic technique, his acute linguistic and sociolinguistic knowledge is obvious all through and particularly so in his reflections on what it potential to be bilingual and bicultural. The ebook additionally defends elevated co-operation between researchers in connecting fields akin to the language sciences and the neurosciences.

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