24.906J | Fall 2012 | Undergraduate

Linguistic Studies of Bilingualism


Required Text

[BR] = Wei, Li, ed. The Bilingualism Reader. 2nd ed. Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 9780415355551.

Readings by Session

1 Introduction  
2-6 Definitions, guiding principles and assumptions

Chomsky, Noam. “A Review of B.F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior.” Language 35, no. 1 (1959): 26–58.

———. “Knowledge of Language as a Focus of Inquiry.” Chapter 1 in Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use. Praeger, 1986. ISBN: 9780275917616.

Oller, D. Kimbrough, Rebecca E. Eilers, et al. “Development of precursors to speech infants exposed to two languages.” Journal of Child Language 24, no. 2 (1997): 407–25.

Kuhl, Patricia K. “Early language acquisition: Cracking the speech code.” Nature Reviews Neuroscience 5, no. 11 (2004): 831–43.

[BR] Volterra, Virginia, and Traute Taeschner. Chapter 13: The acquisition and development of language by bilingual children.

[BR] Genesee, Fred. Chapter 14: Early bilingual language development: one language or two?

Genesee, Fred, and Elena Nicoladis. “Bilingual First Language Acquisition.” Chapter 16 in Blackwell Handbook of Language Development. Edited by Erika Hoff and Marilyn Shatz. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. ISBN: 9781405194594. [Preview with Google Books]

Nicoladis, Elena. “First clues to the existence of two input languages: Pragmatic and lexical differentiation in a bilingual child.” Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 1, no. 2 (1998): 105–16.

Holowka, Siobhan, Francoise Brosseau- Lapré, et al. “Semantic and Conceptual Knowledge Underlying Bilingual Babies’ First Signs and Words.” Language Learning 52, no. 2 (2002): 205–62.

7-10 The bilingual and bilingual processing

[BR] Meisel, Jürgen M. Chapter 15: Code-switching in young bilingual children: the acquisition of grammatical constraints.

Mishina-Mori, Satomi. “Language differentiation of the two languages in early bilingual development: A case study of Japanese/English bilingual children.” International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching 40, no. 3 (2006): 211–33.

[BR] Green, David W. Chapter 16: Control, activation, and resource: a framework and model for the control of speech in bilinguals.

[BR] Grosjean, François. Chapter 19: The bilingual’s language modes.

[BR] Kroll, Judith F., and Annette M. B. de Groot. Chapter 18: Lexical and conceptual memory in the bilingual: Mapping form to meaning in two languages.

11-12 Grammar of code-switching

[BR] Poplack, Shana. Chapter 10: Sometimes I’ll start a sentence in Spanish y termino en español: toward a typology of code-switching.

[BR] Myers-Scotton, Carol, and Janice L. Jake. Chapter 11: Matching lemmas in a bilingual language competence and production model: evidence from intrasentential code-switching.

[BR] Muysken, Pieter. Chapter 12: Code-switching and grammatical theory.

13-14 The bilingual brain

[BR] Obler, Loraine K., Robert J. Zatorre, et al. Chapter 20: Cerebral lateralization in bilinguals: methodological issues.

[BR] Paradis, Michel. Chapter 21: Language lateralization in bilinguals: enough already!

[BR] Abutalebi, Jubin, Stefano F. Cappa, and Daniela Perani. Chapter 22: The bilingual brain as revealed by functional neuroimaging.

Kim, Karl H. S., Norman R. Relkin, et al. “[Distinct cortical areas associated with native and second languages](http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1038/40623).” Nature 388, no. 6638 (1997): 171–4.

15-19 Sociolinguistic dimensions of bilingualism

[BR] Ferguson, Charles A. Chapter 1: Diglossia.

[BR] Fishman, Joshua A. Chapter 2: Bilingualism with and without diglossia; diglossia with and without bilingualism.

[BR] ———. Chapter 3: Who speaks what language to whom and when?

[BR] Blom, Jan-Petter, and John J. Gumperz. Chapter 4: Social meaning in linguistic structure: code-switching in Norway.

[BR] Auer, Peter. Chapter 6: The pragmatics of code-switching: a sequential approach.

[BR] Heller, Monica. Chapter 8: Code-switching and the politics of language.

Arnold, Jennifer E., Sarah Brown-Scmidt, et al. “Children’s use of gender and order-of-mention during pronoun comprehension.” Language and Cognitive Processes 22, no. 4 (2007): 527–65.

Siegal, Michael, Luca Surian, et al. “Bilingualism Accentuates Children’s Conversational Understanding.” PLoS One 5, no. 2 (2010): 1–8.

20-25 Cognitive benefits, bilingual education, language policies

Yang, Sujin, Hwajin Yang, et al. “Early childhood bilingualism leads to advances in executive attention: Dissociating culture and language.” Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 14, no. 3 (2011): 412–22.

Mohanty, Ajit. “Multilingualism Education in India.” Chapter 12 in Bilingual Education: Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Edited by Nancy H. Hornberger. Vol. 5. Edited by Jim Cummins and Nancy H. Hornberger. Springer, 2010. ISBN: 9789048193127.

Ochs, Elinor, and Bambi Schieffelin. “Language Socialization: An Overview.” Chapter 1 in Language Socialization: Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Edited by Nancy H. Hornberger. Vol. 8. Edited by Patricia A. Duff and Nancy H. Hornberger. Springer, 2010. ISBN: 9789048194667.

Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove. “Language Rights and Bilingual Education.” Chapter 9 in Bilingual Education: Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Edited by Nancy H. Hornberger. Vol. 5. Edited by Jim Cummins and Nancy H. Hornberger. Springer, 2010. ISBN: 9789048193127.

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