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Title: Two Prosodies, Two Languages: Infant Bilingual Strategies in Portuguese and Swedish
Authors: Cruz-Ferreira, M. 
Issue Date: 2003
Citation: Cruz-Ferreira, M. (2003). Two Prosodies, Two Languages: Infant Bilingual Strategies in Portuguese and Swedish. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics 2 (1) : 45-60. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The assessment of early bilingual proficiency often involves analysis of the child's productive lexicon at different stages in acquisition. This approach implies two assumptions: that bilingual awareness is measured by lexical production, & that the child has attained a level in development compatible with the production of equivalent lexical items in each language, before any so-called language "differentiation" becomes apparent. This paper discusses these assumptions, in light of the linguistic production of three Portuguese-Swedish bilingual siblings between the ages of 0:7 & 1:9, & argues that the children's ability to produce distinctive prosodic & phonetic patterns associated with each language at this early stage in linguistic development provides clear evidence of bilingual awareness before & at the very outset of the one-word stage.
Source Title: Journal of Portuguese Linguistics
ISSN: 16454537
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