By Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert
Taking a distinct viewpoint to standard case reports on one bilingual baby, this e-book discusses the entire kin and the realities of lifestyles with or extra young ones and languages. What can we find out about the language styles of youngsters in a growing to be and evolving bilingual relations? Which languages do the siblings like to communicate to one another? Do the criteria of beginning order, character or relatives dimension impact language use? This publication unveils the truth at the back of lifestyles with bilingual siblings.
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Extra info for Bilingual Siblings: Language Use in Families
The mother was able to help the children in translating across the languages but remained unsure of how to inspire her children to use English with her, or together. The other two families were more supportive. In Family 3 the Scottish mother was previously married to a Croatian/ American, and now had a Dutch partner. The three teenagers, Martin, Janet, and Justin had a strong sense of shared identity and support for their multilingual blended family. The younger siblings profited from the older one's language models.
After starting with the OPOL strategy the family evolved to maintain French in America. Like Alvino Fantini, Stephen chose Stephen J. Caldas to speak his wife's language and they followed a minority-language-at-home Raising Bilingual-Biliterate Children approach. The family lived in a bilinin Monolingual Cultures 2006 gual community in Louisiana, where a dialect of French was spoken, and the Biographical data on children, John and children attended bilingual elementary twins, Valerie and Stephanie schools.
Interestingly, there was a subtle change of balance in the family, as the mother changed from being the only source of English in France, to being the only person the girls could use some French within America. The choice of mixed language between Harriet and her daughters seemed to work and created a way of communicating during a sensitive phase of their life. The Caldas family: Keeping French alive in America Stephen Caldas (Raising Bilingual-BiZ iterate Children in Monolingual Cultures, 2006) is Professor of Educational Foundations and Leadership at the University of Louisiana.