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Jean Marc Dewaele – Trilingual First Language Acquisition: Perspectives from the child, the father and the researcher

Event Date: 28 February 2011 18:30 – 20:00
G02 Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square
LONDON WC1E

 

Importance of Being Human

A series of lectures from the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy

SSHP Spring Public Lecture series


Professor Jean Marc Dewaele (Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication)
Trilingual First Language Acquisition: Perspectives from the child, the father and the researcher

An old and unsubstantiated fear was that children growing up with multiple languages from birth end up with incomplete knowledge of all of their languages. Recent research has shown that this is not the case, and using his 14 year old trilingual daughter as an example, Jean-Marc Dewaele shows that early multilingualism (in this case Dutch, French and English) can lead to high achievement.

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