chapter  7
PRAGMATIC KNOWLEDGE OF MULTILINGUALS The Nature of Positive Transfer
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Bialystok (1995) argued that language learning is a unique process: It is never exactly like learning anything else, “no matter how much general cognitive apparatus is shared” (p. 60). Language skills such as communicating, read­ ing, understanding, and writing are special skills, distinguished at least as much by their uniqueness as by their generality. If we are not ready to ac­ knowledge that these are special skills different from all other nonverbal ac­ tivities, we will never be able to understand how any of these processes de­ velop and function in humans.