An Introduction to Bilingualism

Principles and Processes

Edited by Jeanette Altarriba, Roberto R. Heredia

© 2008 – Psychology Press

408 pages

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About the Book

This important text provides a general overview of the methods and theories used in the broad domain of bilingualism. The unique interdisciplinary approach, which is reflected in the various topics covered, gives students a global picture of the field. Topics range from early childhood intellectual development to educational and social-cognitive challenges to the maturing bilingual brain. Important developing areas such as cognitive aging, creativity, the social and cultural context perspective, communication disorders and sentence processing are also covered within the volume. This text is aimed towards undergraduate courses and graduate courses in psycholinguistics, especially those with an emphasis on bilingualism or second language learning.


"Excellent book! It covers the field to some of its remotest corners … In my opinion the chapters are well organized, very well written, very accessible, and very informative. Key concepts are very well explained. There are detailed discussions of research designs, and the effects these can have on research outcomes, statistical methods, and the meaning of the outcomes. This is the perfect textbook for undergraduate and graduate students across the world. The book offers a wide overview of the field, but it is clearly geared towards students of psychology." - Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck, University of London, School of Languages, Linguistics, & Culture, UK

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Part 1. Theoretical and Methodological Background. J. Altarriba, R.R. Heredia, Introduction. V. Marian, Bilingual Research Methods. R.R. Heredia, Mental Models of Bilingual Memory. Part 2. Cognitive and Neurological Mechanisms. J.L. Gianico, J. Altarriba,The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism. R.W. Schrauf, Bilingualism and Aging. J. Vaid, The Bilingual Brain: What is Right and What is Left? Part 3. Creativity and Developmental Principles. D.K. Simonton, Bilingualism and Creativity. E. Nicoladis, Bilingualism and Language Cognitive Development. Part 4. Social and Socio-Cultural Processes. L.A. Vega, Social Psychological Approaches to Bilingualism. F.C. Perea, C.G. Coll, The Social and Cultural Contexts of Bilingualism. Part 5. Linguistic Principles and Applied Perspectives. V. Cook, Linguistic Contributions to Bilingualism. S. Gass, M. Glew, Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism. K. Kohnert, Primary Language Impairments in Bilingual Children and Adults. E.E. Garcia, Bilingual Education in the United States.

About the Editors

Jeanette Altarriba, State University of New York at Albany, USA

Roberto R. Heredia, Texas A&M International University, USA (Eds.)

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