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Kim, So Jung. 2017. A situated perspective on bilingual development: preschool Korean–English bilinguals’ utilization of two languages and Korean honorifics. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 20 (1) : 1–19.
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Language as a subject
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This qualitative case study examines how four-year-old, Korean–English bilingual children employ Korean and English and Korean honorifics depending on social contexts. With a sociocultural theoretical framework, data were gathered for seven months by observations, interviews, children's artifacts, and audio- recordings, and explored based on thematic and sociolinguistic analysis. The results propose that dual-language acquisition for early bilingual learners is a dynamic social and cultural process, covering multilayered decision-making.