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threshold hypothesis


Subject Linguistics

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631214823.1999.x


The claim that, below one threshold of bilingual development, children suffer cognitively as they are not able to interact effectively with their environment; above another threshold, children gain cognitively in terms of mental flexibility, etc.; in between they know only one language adequately and neither lose nor gain. See bilingualism . ( 1979 ). Linguistic interdependence and the educational development of bilingual children . Review of Educational Research , 49 , 222 – 51 . ( 1981 ). Bilingualism or Not: The education of minorities . Clevedon : Multilingual Matters . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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