The Study of Language Analytical Essay by Chrisje

The Study of Language
The following paper examines the theories of bilingualism and multilingualism, language acquisition and language learning, making reference to a number of case studies.
# 6959 | 2,790 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2001 | ZA
Published on Feb 07, 2003 in Language (English: Linguistics) , English (Analysis) , Linguistics (General)

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The following paper examines the theories on language acquisition and looks at the useful distinction between acquisition and learning. The writer also comments on approaches and methods to teaching second and foreign languages. Lastly the writer comments on interference as a factor in language learning.

Table of Contents
Bilingualism and Multilingualism
First Language Acquisition
Using a text-mapping device to depict the important stages in first-language acquisition
Theories on how language is acquired
Approaches and methods to teaching second and foreign languages
Interference as a factor in language learning.

From the Paper:

"Diglossia is the coexistence of two forms of the same language in speech community. The one form will often be the literary or prestige dialect, and the other one can be a dialect commonly spoken by most of the population. The term diglossia could also be used to indicate bilingualism, or the speaking of two languages by the people of the same community. An example for the first definition is the use of Dutch in Belgium. Dutch is one of the official languages in Belgium. Dutch-speaking Belgians are called the "Flemish" where the French-speaking Belgians are called "Walloons." Dutch spoken by Belgians is also referred to as "Flemish," which is not a literary form of the language, but a spoken "dialect." They are different varieties of the same language."

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