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Introduction to Bilingualism

1st Edition

By Charlotte Hoffmann

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368 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

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

Appendix

References

Subject Index

Index of places, languages and people

Author Index

List of Maps

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General