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The (il)logical problem of heritage speaker bilingualism and incomplete acquisition

Pascual y Cabo, D. and Rothman, J. (2012) The (il)logical problem of heritage speaker bilingualism and incomplete acquisition. Applied Linguistics, 33 (4). pp. 450-455. ISSN 1477-450X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1093/applin/ams037

Abstract/Summary

This Forum challenges and problematizes the term incomplete acquisition, which has been widely used to describe the state of competence of heritage speaker (HS) bilinguals for well over a decade (see, e.g., Montrul, 2008). It is suggested and defended that HS competence, while often different from monolingual peers, is in fact not incomplete (given any reasonable definition by the word incomplete), but simply distinct for reasons related to the realities of their environment.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Language and Cognition
ID Code:33060
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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