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Is There a Deficit Framing of Late-Timed Bilingualism in Published Research? An Empirical Look
11th International Symposium on Bilingualism (2017)
  • Lourdes Ortega
  • Casey Keck, Boise State University
Abstract
This presentation reported the results of a corpus-based discourse analysis of more than 1,200 journal articles published in the field of applied linguistics from 2005-2015. The study examined instances of the keyword “learners” and its co-occurrence with words related to ability, difficulty, success and failure. Ample support was found for the claim that late-starting bilinguals are frequently characterized in research publications as deficient language users who inevitably fall short of idealized, monolingual native speaker norms. The findings raise validity and ethical concerns within the field of applied linguistics, as a monolingual bias serves to erase individuals’ bilingualism and to characterize multiple language competencies acquired later in life as somehow less complex or less pure than single language competencies acquired in childhood.
Publication Date
June 12, 2017
Location
Limerick, Ireland
Citation Information
Lourdes Ortega and Casey Keck. "Is There a Deficit Framing of Late-Timed Bilingualism in Published Research? An Empirical Look" 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/casey_keck/21/