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A prolegomenon to the construct of the native speaker: heritage speaker bilinguals are natives too!

Rothman, J. and Treffers-Daller, J. (2014) A prolegomenon to the construct of the native speaker: heritage speaker bilinguals are natives too! Applied Linguistics, 35 (1). pp. 93-98. ISSN 1477-450X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1093/applin/amt049

Abstract/Summary

This Forum challenges the generally accepted position in the linguistic sciences—conscious or not—that monolingualism and nativeness are essentially synonymous in an exclusive way. We discuss two consequences of our position that naturalistic bilinguals and multilinguals exposed to a language in early childhood are also native speakers: (i) that bi-/multilinguals have multiple native languages;and (ii) nativeness can be applicable to a state of linguistic knowledge that is characterized by significant differences to the monolingual baseline.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Language and Literacy in Education
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
ID Code:39022
Uncontrolled Keywords:native speakers, bilinguals, heritage speakers, monolingual norms
Publisher:Oxford Journals

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