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date: 03 August 2020

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The first part of the chapter reviews the literature on reading in adult bilinguals, and the second part reviews the literature on reading development. The focus of the review is on how knowledge of one language influences reading in the other language. In the literature on adult bilinguals, most research on this issue has been on word recognition, with fewer studies on sentence processing and fewer still on text reading. A model of bilingual word recognition is discussed. In the literature on child bilinguals, the focus has been on predictors of reading development in the second language. Only a few studies have investigated how bilingual children represent and process their two languages. Several theoretical proposals regarding bilingual language development are discussed.

Keywords: bilingual, word recognition, sentence processing, reading development, biliteracy

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