An Advanced Resource Book

By Ng Bee Chin, Gillian Wigglesworth

© 2007 – Routledge

384 pages

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About the Book


  • introduces students to key issues and themes that include bilingual development and education; and the integration of social and cognitive perspectives
  • uses tasks and examples to equip the reader with the necessary skills and insights to assess and interpret research drawn from bilingual populations
  • incorporates case studies drawn from a range of countries such as the United States, South Africa, the Netherlands, Morocco, and the People's Republic of China
  • gathers together influential readings from key names in the discipline, including: Fred Genesee, Richard Bourhis, Elizabeth Peal, Wallace Lambert, Merrill Swain, Jim Cummins, and Ellen Bialystok.

Written by experienced teachers and researchers in the field, Bilingualism is an essential textbook for students and researchers of Applied Linguistics.

The accompanying website to this book can be found at


"…this is the most accessible and useful introductory book on bilingualism since François Grosjean's (1982) classic. It is sure to stimulate the most apathetic undergraduate and fire up the imagination of the most exhausted graduate student. I plan on using it myself the next time I offer my Master's level course on Bilingualism" -- Alicia Pousada, Linguist List, June 2008

Table of Contents

Section A: Introduction Unit 1. Describing Bilingualism Unit 2. Measuring Bilingualism Unit 3. Bilingual Acquisition Unit 4. Bilingualism and Cognitive Ability Unit 5. Language Attrition in Bilinguals Unit 6. Education and Literacy in Bilingual Settings Unit 7. Attitudes and Bilingualism Section B: Extension Unit 1. Describing Bilingualism Extended Unit 2. Measuring Bilingualism Extended Unit 3. Bilingual Acquisition Extended Unit 4. Bilingualism and Cognitive Ability Extended Unit 5. Language Attrition in Bilinguals Extended Unit 6. Education and Literacy in Bilingual Settings Extended Unit 7. Attitudes and Bilingualism Extended Section C: Exploration Preface to Section C: Guidelines for Collecting Data and Writing up Reports Unit 1. Describing Bilingualism Explored Unit 2. Measuring Bilingualism Explored Unit 3. Bilingual Acquisition Explored Unit 4. Bilingualism and Cognitive Ability Explored Unit 5. Language Attrition in Bilinguals Explored Unit 6. Education and Literacy in Bilingual Settings Explored Unit 7. Attitudes and Bilingualism Explored. Further Reading. References. Index

About the Authors

Ng Bee Chin is a psycholinguist working in the area of first language acquisition and Bilingualism and has taught and researched in a broad range of applied linguistics areas.

Gillian Wigglesworth has co-edited three volumes and taught and researched extensively in Bilingualism.

About the Series

Routledge Applied Linguistics

Routledge Applied Linguistics is a series of comprehensive resourcebooks, providing students and researchers with the support they need for advanced study of English applied linguistics and language.
Each book carefully guides the reader through three main sections, enabling them to explore and develop major themes within the discipline:
*Section A, Introduction, establishes the key terms and concepts and extends readers' techniques of analysis through practical application
*Section B, Extension, brings together influential articles, sets them in context, and discusses their contribution to the field
*Section C, Exploration, builds on knowledge gained in the first two sections, setting thoughtful tasks around further illustrative material. This enables readers to engage more actively with the subject matter and encourages them to develop their own responses.
Throughout the books, topics are revisited, extended, interwoven and deconstructed, with the reader's understanding strengthened by tasks and follow-up questions.

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Subject Categories

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