The course constitutes a general introduction to the topic. Bilingualism can broadly be described as having the knowledge of, and the ability to use, two languages. The course offers an overview of a wide range of important dimensions of bilingualism, incl. conceptual, cognitive, psychological, social, pedagogical, etc. A number of critical issues are considered, such as:
What constitutes knowledge of two (or more) languages?
How is such knowledge acquired and used?
How does bilingual knowledge affect the bilingual speaker's general cognitive capacity?
How does bilingual knowledge affect the bilingual speaker's social identity?
From a pedagogical perspective, what are the most effective methods of attaining bilingual knowledge?
Not currently offered.
This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2019.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Describe the basic concepts and the significance of research in this field of knowledge.
2. Identify the critical issues in this field of knowledge.
3. Compare and discuss different cognitive, social, psychological and pedagogical dimensions of bilingualism.
4. Summarise different competing theories and research methods of bilingualism.
5. Apply advanced research and general information literacy skills.
- Bilingualism: basic issues (definitions, descriptions, typology, theoretical and methodological considerations).
- Linguistic aspects of bilingualism: principal components of linguistic competence (phonological, morphological, syntactic, lexical, pragmatic).
- Psycholinguistic aspects of bilingualism: (first/second) language acquisition; (first/second) language attrition.
- Psychological aspects of bilingualism: models of bilingual production and perception.
- Socio-linguistic aspects of bilingualism: issues of identity, class, politics, ethnicity, race, etc.
- Cognitive aspects of bilingualism: consequences of the knowledge of two (or more) languages for general cognitive ability.
- Neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism: issues of brain localization, lateralization, maturation (the latter with reference to the Critical Period hypothesis).
- Educational aspects of bilingualism: relationship between bilingualism and literacy; educational policies.
This course replaces LING3400. If you have successfully completed LING3400 you cannot enrol in this course.
LING1110 or LING1111
Essay: Essay (40%)
Quiz: Four multiple-choice quizzes (60%)