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Bilinguality and Bilingualism By Josiane F. Hamers

Bilinguality and Bilingualism
by Josiane F. Hamers

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This study explores the way in which bilingualism develops in childhood, its social, neurological and psychological foundations and the social and cultural consequences of bilingualism. It also applies the research to language teaching, translation, interpreting and policy-making.
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Bilinguality and Bilingualism by Josiane F. Hamers

The study of bilingualism - the subject of this important textbook - is no longer exclusively an academic preoccupation but is a practical necessity in today's multilingual world. Over the past decades, researchers from a wide range of disciplines - linguistics, psychology, neurology and sociology - have been fragmented and often inaccessible to students. Bilinguality and Bilingualism (a thoroughly revised and updated version of the authors' textbook published in French) provides a comprehensive, critical review of current research, focusing on the need for genuinely explanatory accounts and the development of satisfactory theoretical models. The book explores the way in which bilingualism develops in childhood or later, on its social, neurological and psychological foundations, and on the social and cultural consequences of bilingualism. It also explores the wider issues of languages in contact; both psycholinguistic research to language teaching, translation and interpreting, and also language planning and policy-making. The multidisciplinary material is deftly and logically organised to provide a refreshingly clear synthesis which will be invaluable to students and also to specialists who want an up-to-date account of research in different disciplines. It will also be an important reference work for language teachers and for professionals involved in language planning and multilingual education.

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Bilinguality and Bilingualism Reviews

"Hamers and Blanc present us with a book which, at once, reviews pertinent knowledge from varied disciplines and provides integrated models. As such, their work, taken as a whole, is both an excellent textbook and an inspiring essay...Hamers and Blanc are at the forefront of a new generation of models on bilingualism." Journal of Language and Social Psychology
"The appeal of the book is very wide: anybody who has had to deal with bilinguals individually or en masse will find something to chew over here.... Studies of the phenomena of bilingualism have long needed a book like this." Canadian Journal of Linguistics
"Bilinguality and Bilingualism by Josiane Hamers and Michel Blanc provides us with an excellent survey of an area that has been lacking a concise and comprehensive textbook so far." Olli Kuure, SSLA
"...the results are impressive as much by the ground covered as by the quality of the integration provided by the authors....In a field still plagued by atheoretical 'fact' gathering, Hamers and Blanc's certainly qualifies as an exceptional contribution to knowledge." Richard Clement, International Journal of the Sociology of Language

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Dimensions and measurement of bilinguality and bilingualism; 2. The ontogenesis of bilinguality; 3. The social and psychological foundations of bilinguality; 4. Information processing in the bilingual; 5. Social psychological aspects of bilinguality: culture and identity; 6. Social psychological aspects of bilinguality: intercultural communication; 7. Multilingualism and intergroup relations; 8. Bilingual education; 9. Bilinguality and second language acquisition; 10. Interpretation, translation and bilinguality.

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Bilinguality and Bilingualism by Josiane F. Hamers
Josiane F. Hamers
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