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Face[t]s of First Language Loss - Sandra G. Kouritzin

Face[t]s of First Language Loss

Paperback Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780805831863
Number Of Pages: 248

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This book contributes to the understanding of first-language loss in both immigrant and indigenous communities in (at least) three ways. First, it provides insight into the process of language loss and the factors contributing to it. Second, it attempts to define, from an insider perspective, what it means to "lose" a language. Third, it analyzes the perceived consequences of first language loss in terms of social, academic, emotional, and economic factors--an approach previously lacking in research on language loss.

Most studies of first language loss are impersonal, even when they tell emotional stories. This polyphonic book about language loss and imperfect learning of heritage languages tells the inside story. Easy to read and yet academic, it gives voice to five different storytellers who relate the histories of their first language loss and analyzes themes from 21 life-history case studies of adults who had lost their first languages while learning English. The stories in this book make a compelling argument that heritage languages should be preserved, that ESL should be about developing bilinguals not English monolinguals.

Important reading for researchers, practitioners, and graduate students in ESL and bilingual education, multicultural education, cultural studies, and sociology, this book will also interest qualitative researchers as an example of a unique form of both doing and writing research.

Prefacep. ix
Endnotesp. xii
Introductionp. 1
A Pre/Text For Language Loss Researchp. 7
Face-Touching: A Story Bookp. 25
Endnotesp. 29
Ariana: Introductionp. 31
Ariana's Story: But I'm Canadian Bornp. 43
Richard: Introductionp. 51
Richard's Story: English is a Full-Time Jobp. 63
Lara: Introductionp. 75
Lara's Story: An Outsider Looking inp. 87
Brian: Introductionp. 97
Brian's Story: Nothing Too Deepp. 111
Helena: Introductionp. 119
Helena's Story: Learning the Rulesp. 135
Dwelling in the Borderlandsp. 147
Endnotesp. 150
Dwelling in the Borderlands: Introductionp. 153
Family Relationshipsp. 169
Self-Image and Cultural Identityp. 177
School Relationshipsp. 187
School Performancep. 195
The Meaning of Lossp. 201
Conclusionp. 209
Life History Selection Criteriap. 215
Subject Biographical Informationp. 216
Referencesp. 217
Author Indexp. 225
Subject Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780805831863
ISBN-10: 080583186X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st April 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1