Georgia Andreou, Fotini Anastassiou: Multilingualism and language learning: The case of Greek-Albanian children learning English as a third language

The importance of multilingualism has been acknowledged in the past years and nowadays more and more research is being conducted on the acquisition and learning of a third language (L3). This is mainly because of the vast mobility of populations between countries and mixed marriages (Barnes 2005). Since multilinguals are far more compared to monolinguals in the world (Tucker 1998) it is just as important to investigate the way bilinguals use their languages while still in the process of learning their third language.
The research presented aims to investigate those factors which may affect the production of speech while children, from an immigrant background, narrate in their third language, in this case English. Greek or Albanian is either their first or second language. The children’s vocabulary interaction is being analyzed, aiming to locate possible language dominance issues, the influence of L1 or L2 in the production of L3 and the source language of cross-linguistic influence.