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Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World
Linguistic and Cognitive Perspectives

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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521132978

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  • Bilingualism has given rise to significant changes in Spanish-speaking countries. In the US, the increasing importance of Spanish has engendered an English-only movement; in Peru, contact between Spanish and Quechua has brought about language change; and in Iberia, speakers of Basque, Galician and Catalan have made their languages a compulsory part of school curricula and local government. This book provides an introduction to bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking world, looking at topics such as language contact, bilingual societies, bilingualism in schools, code-switching, language transfer, the emergence of new varieties of Spanish, and language choice - and how all of these phenomena affect the linguistic and cognitive development of the speaker. Using examples and case studies drawn primarily from Spanish/English bilinguals in the US, Spanish/Quechua bilinguals in Peru and Spanish/Basque bilinguals in Spain, it provides diverse perspectives on the experience of being bilingual in distinct cultural, political and socioeconomic contexts.

    • Examples from languages in the Spanish-speaking world are used to illustrate the effects of language contact and bilingualism
    • Includes an introduction to essential terminology that appears in research on bilingualism
    • Describes the relationship between various interdisciplinary approaches to bilingualism, as well as some of the terminology and methods used in each field
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    'Austin, Blume, and Sánchez provide a brilliant and comprehensive overview of bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking world. This easily accessible volume serves as an invaluable reference for scholars in related disciplines. A distinguished achievement.' Michael T. Putnam, Pennsylvania State University

    'Austin, Blume and Sánchez take a careful, fair, and insightful look at the social, biological and linguistic implications of bilingualism. [This book] gently but decisively takes us well beyond Bloomfield's myth of the perfect bilingual, while portraying and elucidating the rich diversity of ways of being bilingual for individuals and communities.' Ana Pérez-Leroux, University of Toronto

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521132978
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 3 maps 12 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. What does it mean to be bilingual?
    2. Bilingual brains, bilingual minds
    3. Bilingual development and bilingual outcomes

  • Authors

    Jennifer Austin, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Jennifer Austin is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at Rutgers University, Newark.

    María Blume, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru
    María Blume is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Literature at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

    Liliana Sánchez, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Liliana Sánchez is a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers University.

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