Multiple Voices: An Introduction to Bilingualism

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Wiley, Jul 11, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 472 pages
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Multiple Voices: An Introduction to Bilingualism provides a comprehensive overview of all major aspects of bilingualism. It is primarily concerned with bilingualism as a socio-political phenomenon in the world and, as such, emphasizes languages in contact, language maintenance and shift, language policy (including educational policies), and language as a social identity marker. Other topics discussed include the grammatical or cognitive aspects of bilingualism, such as codeswitching and convergence, how bilingualism appears to be organized in the brain, and how child bilingualism differs from bilingualism acquired at a later age.


Designed for upper-level undergraduate or beginning graduate students, this textbook includes many detailed examples from all over the world and is written accessibly by a prominent bilingualism researcher.

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For me this was too much geared to American students who look at people who speak two languages as if they had two heads. I also found that the descripions of specific language situations to be ... Read full review

Contents

Whats a Language? Whats a Dialect? What Social Work
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Who is a Bilingual? What Factors Promote Bilingualism?
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Language Maintenance and Shift
67
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About the author (2005)

Carol Myers-Scotton is Carolina Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Linguistics Program and Department of English at the University of South Carolina. Her numerous publications include Contact Linguistics: Bilingual Encounters and Grammatical Outcomes (2002) and Social Motivations for Codeswitching: Evidence from Africa (1993).

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