IDENTIFYING THE CONCEPT OF BILINGUALISM AND BILINGUALS THROUGH SEVEN BAKER’S DIMENSIONS OF BILINGUALISM

Mulyani Mulyani

Abstract


The study is mainly aimed at investigating and analyzing the concept of bilingualism and bilinguals based on seven Baker’s (2011) dimensions of bilingualism; ability, culture, context, age, use, elective bilingualism, and balance of two languages. All of the dimensions were discussed specifically and comparatively based on Baker’s bilingualism dimensions related to the experience of learning second language (L2) of both the participants. However, another dimension; development is not discussed in this study since there is insufficient information and no correlation to the participants’ experience in learning L2. There were two participants involved in this study; they are Australian but coming from different backgrounds and experiences of learning L2. The data was collected by means of semi-structured interviews using both closed-question and open-question methods. The findings indicates that it is arduous to specify to what extent the concept of bilingualism and bilinguals are.

Keywords


bilingualism; bilinguals; second language; Baker’s dimensions

Full Text:

PDF

References


Baker, C. (2011). Foundation of bilingual education and bilingualism 5th edition, Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Edwards, J. (2004). Foundations of bilingualism. In T. K. Bhatia & W. C. Ritchie

(Eds.), The handbook of bilingualism (pp. 7–31). Maldon, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Brown, S., & Eisterhold, J. (2004). Topics in language and culture for teachers. United States: The University of Michigan Press.

Myers-Scotton, C. (2006). An introduction into bilingualism: Multiple voices. Australia: Blackwell Publishing.

Romaine, S. (1995). Bilingualism (2nd Ed.). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Valdes, G., Fishman, J.A., Chavez, R., & Perez W. (2006). Developing minority language resources: The case of Spanish in California. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Wei, L. (2000). The bilingualism reader. London: Routledge.

Webster (2012), Retrieved 27 May 2012 from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bilingualism




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22373/ej.v5i1.1669

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


This journal has been viewed times.
View full page view stats report here.


All works are licensed under CC-BY

Englisia Journal
© Author(s) 2019.
Published by Center for Research and Publication UIN Ar-Raniry and Department of English Language Education UIN Ar-Raniry.

Indexed by: