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A Journey in Languages and CulturesThe Life of a Bicultural Bilingual$
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François Grosjean

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198754947

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198754947.001.0001

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Reflections on the bilingual and the bicultural person

Reflections on the bilingual and the bicultural person

(p.111) 11 Reflections on the bilingual and the bicultural person
A Journey in Languages and Cultures

François Grosjean

Oxford University Press

The author used part of his sabbatical to write a much cited paper on bilingualism. In it he presented his “the bilingual is not two monolinguals in one person” view. He first argued how a monolingual view of bilingualism had impacted every aspect of bilingualism research up until then. He then described his holistic view and presented a number of concepts that accompany it such as language mode, the Complementarity Principle, language restructuring in bilinguals, etc. Another paper he worked on was on the bicultural person whom he depicted for the first time. He presented how behavior changes in a monocultural and a bicultural mode, and how biculturals come to grips with their identity.

Keywords:   bilingualism, holistic view, language mode, Complementarity Principle, language restructuring, biculturalism, bicultural, identity

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