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Bilingualism: Theoretical perspectives of language diversity

Carlin L. Stobbart
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 39, No 1 | a272 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v39i1.272 | © 2019 Carlin L. Stobbart | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 1992

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Carlin L. Stobbart, Department of Speech and Hearing Therapy, University of Durban-Westville, South Africa

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Abstract

Bilingualism and second language acquisition are discussed with reference to different theoretical perspectives. An integrated definition of bilingualism is provided and concepts underlying second language acquisition are presented. Theoretical persepectives according to Dodson (1985), Skinner (1985) and Krashen (1982) are explored. It is concluded that due to the diverse nature of bilingualism, a single universal theory of second language acquisition does not seem feasible, The need for an increased awareness of the complexity of bilingualism and second language acquisition, particularly within the multicultural and multilingual South African context, is highlighted.

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