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Bilingualism and biliteracy in Down syndrome: insights from a case study

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We present the case study of MB – a bilingual child with Down syndrome (DS) who speaks Russian (first language, L1) and English (second language, L2) and has learned to read in two different alphabets with different symbol systems. We demonstrate that, in terms of oral language, MB is as proficient in Russian as English, with a mild advantage for reading in English, her language of formal instruction. MB’s L1 abilities were compared with those of 11 Russian-speaking typically-developing mon...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1111/lang.12179

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University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Language Learning Journal website
Volume:
66
Issue:
4
Pages:
945-971
Publication date:
2016-11-21
Acceptance date:
2016-01-12
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EISSN:
1467-9922
ISSN:
0023-8333
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uuid:1e679103-0d5f-41f1-b69f-8874d0b1871a
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600057
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pubs:600057

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