Bilingual and second language development and literacy Εmerging perspectives on an intimate relationship

Christiane M. Bongartz


The central issue of this paper is the role of literacy in bilingual and second language development. Even though traditionally viewed as an educational issue, the “linguistics of literacy” have increasingly been drawing attention in psycholinguistic research. How do L1 and L2 literacy practices affect L2 development? I suggest an integrated layered approach; i.e. a comprehensive research design that addresses both the socio-cultural and psycholinguistic contexts of bilingual and L2 acquisition. Such a design would then encompass literacy practices as well as more narrowly defined literacy indicators, and it would contribute to a more precise understanding of how literacy affects the interrelation of the two language systems.


bilingualism, L2, language acquisition, literacy, literacy indicators, development, reference, cohesion

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