Beyond Bilingualism: Issues in Multilingualism

  • Weronika Szubko-Sitarek
Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)


This introductory chapter is meant to serve as a background for a more thorough consideration of psycholinguistic issues related to multilingualism which will be discussed in the subsequent chapters of the present work. In the following subsections an attempt will be made to explore various aspects of the multifaceted concept of multilingualism. The underlying objective of the chapter is to show that multilingualism is a separate phenomenon from bilingualism since, as Herdina and Jessner argue, it not only produces a quantitative shift but, above all, it leads to a substantial change of quality in the speaker’s language system(s).


Foreign Language Language Policy Language Acquisition Visual Word Recognition Bilingual Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English Language and Applied LinguisticsInstitute of English University of LodzLodzPoland

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