Imbalances in bilingual development: A key to understanding the faculty of language

Norbert Francis

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Investigators of first language attrition, early bilingualism and child second language learning have found common ground on a number of important points. The present review of the research will show that the study of unevenness in the early development of two languages reveals more clearly how the critical problems for future research on bilingualism should be framed. The convergence of the above mentioned fields of study will contribute greatly to this important reflection and re-assessment. In addition, clarity on the question of balanced and non-balanced bilingual development is important for understanding how the faculty of language guides acquisition in all circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-89
Number of pages14
JournalLanguage Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • Balanced bilingualism
  • Critical period
  • First language attrition
  • Language acquisition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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