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Introduction to Bilingualism : Longman Lingustics Library - Charlotte Hoffmann

Introduction to Bilingualism

Longman Lingustics Library

Paperback Published: 9th September 1991
ISBN: 9780582291430
Number Of Pages: 368

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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.

Individual bilingualism
The study of bilingual children
Patterns of bilingual language acquisition
Aspects of bilingual competence
Features of bilingual speech
Cognitive and educational aspects of bilingualism
Sociocultural aspects of bilingualism
SociolinguisticaAspect ofaBilingualism
Societal multilingualism
Language choice, language maintenance and language shift
Language and national identity
Linguistic minorities
Case Study I: The Alsatians
Case Study II: The Catalans
Case Study III: Migrant workers in the Federal Republic of Germany
Subject Index
Index of places, languages and people
Author Index
List of Maps
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ISBN: 9780582291430
ISBN-10: 0582291437
Series: Longman Lingustics Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 9th September 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.84  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1