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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: May 2021

5 - Becoming Bilingual


One can become bilingual at any time during one’s life, as a child, an adolescent, or an adult. This is explained in Post 5.1 and the factors that make bilingualism possible are enumerated. Research, however, has concentrated on childhood bilingualism, and in particular on children who acquire two languages simultaneously. They will be the object of many of the posts in this chapter.