Language modes

  • François GROSJEAN (Université de Neuchâtel)
    Being bilingual today
    2018, Vol. XXIII-2, pp. 7-14

    This short article begins with why it is that people are bilingual as well as the myths that surround bilingualism. The first part deals with the bilingual person and includes the following topics: the definition of bilingualism, the Complementarity Principle, the wax and wane of languages in the bilingual, the language modes bilinguals find themselves in, interference and bilingual speech, as well as biculturalism. In the second part, dedicated to the bilingual child, the following are discussed: why it is that children become bilingual, what characterizes simultaneous and successive bilingualism, speech production in bilingual children, and the effects of bilingualism.