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Bimodal bilingualism in Arnhem land

Adone, Marie C. D. and Maypilama, Elawurrpa (2014). Bimodal bilingualism in Arnhem land. Australian Aboriginal Studies,1(2):101-106.

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IRMA ID 84279116xPUB294
Title Bimodal bilingualism in Arnhem land
Author Adone, Marie C. D.
Maypilama, Elawurrpa
Journal Name Australian Aboriginal Studies
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 1
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0729-4352   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 101
End Page 106
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Aboriginal Studies Press
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract This paper briefly presents the research conducted on bilingualism in several communities of North East Arnhem Land. What makes this study special is its focus on bimodal bilingualism, which is prevalent in Arnhem Land. While most studies on bilingualism concentrate on the use of two or more spoken languages (speech-speech), also known as unimodal bilingualism, studies on bimodal bilingualism (speech-sign) are rare. The term 'bimodal bilingualism' is fairly recent in the field of bilingualism and is used to cover the use of two or more languages in the two modalities (spoken and signed). This report also aims to raise awareness. Bimodal bilingualism is the norm rather than an exceptional state in Arnhem Land. We illustrate this bilingualism across modalities with some examples of pointing gestures.
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