An Introduction to Bilingualism provides a comprehensive review of the most important aspects of individual and societal bilingualism, examining both theoretcial and practical issues.
At the level of the individual, it addresses such questios as: What is involved in the study of bilingual children? What are the patterns of bilingual language acquisition? In which ways do the language competence and the speech of bilinguals differ from those of monolinguals? Topics that sometimes arouse controversy are explored - such as the question of whether there is a relationship between bilingualsim and a child's cognitive, psychological and social development.
The book is also concerned with multilingualism, that is, bilingualsim as a societal phenomenon. It focuses on such issues as language choice in bilingual and multilingual communities, national identity and the education of bilinguals. The inclusion of several case studies of European linguistic minorities serves to exemplify the topics dealt with at the theoretical level and to illustrate the linguistic complexities found in contemporary Europe.
PART I: PSYCHOLINGUISTICS ASPECTS OF BILINGUALISM
1. Individual bilingualism
2. The study of bilingual children
3. Patterns of bilingual language acquisition
4. Aspects of bilingual competence
5. Features of bilingual speech
6. Cognitive and educational aspects of bilingualism
7. Sociocultural aspects of bilingualism
PART II: SOCIOLINGUISTIC ASPECT OF BILINGUALISM
8. Societal multilingualism
9. Language choice, language maintenance and language shift
10. Language and national identity
11. Linguistic minorities
12. Case Study I: The Alsatians
13. Case Study II: The Catalans
14. Case Study III: Migrant workers in the Federal Republic of Germany
Index of places, languages and people
List of Maps