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Chevalier, S (2008). Contextual Aspects of Early Trilingualism. In: Nikolaev, A. Two or More Languages. Joensu: University of Joensu, 37-46.

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The present paper reports on work in progress in the field of early trilingual language
development. Specifically, it explores the question: What contextual (i.e. social and
situational) factors help or hinder young children in acquiring three languages in infancy? For
a number of years now, research in bilingualism has recognised the importance of context
(societal, familial and conversational) in analysing language use in bilingual couples (Piller
2002) and families (Okita 2002), as well as in understanding the early acquisition of two
languages by children (De Houwer 1990, Döpke 1992, Lanza 2004). In this paper, I hope to
see whether the theoretical approaches developed in such studies are equally useful for the
analysis of early trilingualism. After describing the data (section 1), I shall give a general idea
of the various contexts in which children grow up with three languages in a Western
European country (section 2). The major part of this paper (section 3) will then be devoted to
an examination of certain contextual factors affecting the linguistic development of a young
trilingual child.



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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Deposited On:24 Mar 2010 06:07
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:04
Publisher:University of Joensu
Series Name:Proceedings from the 9th Nordic Conference on Bilingualism
Additional Information: Conference on Bilingualism. August 10–11, 2006, Joensuu

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