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Bilingualism in Children: An Introduction


Annemarie Schaerlaekkns

Centrum voor Taalverwervingsonderzoek, Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven, Kapucijnenvoer 33, 3000 Leuven, BE
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This article attempts at formulating an introduction and “stale of the art” on bilingualism in young children. Therefore a short definition of both language acquisition and bilingualism is formulated. Although early bilingualism has numerous variations, the author focuses on three common types: a. the situation where standard language and dialect are involved, a common but “soft” type of bilingualism; 2. the simultaneous or family bilingualism; 3. early successive bilingualism. General conclusions focus on the necessity of a differentiated approach in answering general or individual questions about early bilingualism.

How to Cite: Schaerlaekkns, A., 1998. Bilingualism in Children: An Introduction. Psychologica Belgica, 38(3-4), pp.129–148. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 1998.
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