Speciality: Do balanced bilinguals exist?
A critical review of the concept of language dominance? (abstract)
University: University of Reading, Institute of Education

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Jeanine Treffers-Daller on the subject “Do balanced bilinguals exist?”

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  • Any description of bilinguals should minimally involve a description of language proficiency (what a person can do) and language usage (what a person typically does).
  • Language dominance is a “global measure of relative frequency of use and proficiency in each language”.
  • Language dominance is clearly visible at the level of the lexicon in that bilinguals have words in one of their languages for concepts about which they talk in that language.
  • Multilingualism can not be considered as a simple addition of two different languages.

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Interview of Jeanine Treffers-Daller

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This interview of Mrs. Treffers-Daller and her husband Mr. Daller was taken during the MUDILE 2017. They talk about their personal experiences with multilingualism, language dominance and balanced bilingualism and about their research projects which are planned for future work.

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