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The Handbook of Bilingualism provides state-of-the-art treatments of the central issues that arise in consideration of the phenomena of bilingualism ranging from the representation of the two languages in the bilingual individual's brain to the various forms of bilingual education, including the status of bilingualism in each area of the world.

  • Provides state-of-the-art coverage of a wide variety of topics, ranging from neuro- and psycho-linguistic research to studies of media and psychological counseling.
  • Includes latest assessment of the global linguistic situation with particular emphasis on those geographical areas which are centers of global conflict and commerce.
  • Explores new topics such as global media and mobile and electronic language learning.
  • Includes contributions by internationally renowned researchers from different disciplines, genders, and ethnicities.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The 40 contributors - a stellar cast of scholars - address… fundamental issues in 31 chapters dealing with neurological and psychological aspects of bilingualism, societal bilingualism, and case studies of language contact and language policy… All authors define terms, state chapter goals and questions to be addressed, and provide outstanding references. Essential.” Choice

"In the diverse and complex field of ‘bilingualism’ this Handbook is a welcome new resource. Combining a presentation of fundamental issues with a wide sampling of offerings by major scholars actively pursuing many areas related to bilingualism, it provides the teacher, student, researcher, or lay reader with a valuable foundation in the field. The Handbook is especially welcome now, as the issues which underlie the collection are exceptionally current." Barbara C. Lust, Cornell University

"A comprehensive account of bilingualism from different perspectives complemented by a carefully selected sample of case studies. From the point of view of the star-studded list of contributors, range of topics, and depth of treatment, it is difficult to think of any other study that can be a match for this volume. The book should be compulsory reading for scholars and students in all language-related disciplines." Ayo Bamgbose, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

"From case studies of bilingualism in different parts of the globe, to socio-psychological discussions of bilinguals’ language repertoires at the societal level, to psycholinguistic and neurocognitive investigations of bilingualism and biliteracy at the level of the individual, this comprehensive, multidisciplinary compendium of state-of-the-art overviews by prominent scholars in the field, ably edited by Bhatia and Ritchie, will be an invaluable resource for students, educators, and researchers of bi- and multilingualism for years to come." Jyotsna Vaid, Texas A&M University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631227359
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics Series, #44
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 904
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Tej K. Bhatia is Professor of Linguistics at Syracuse University and a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Popular Television at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He has published a number of books and articles in the area of bilingualism and multiculturalism, language and cognition, media (advertising) discourse, and sociolinguistics, and has been consultant to several academic, administrative, and business organizations.

William C. Ritchie is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Syracuse University. His publications include an edited volume entitled Second Language Acquisition Research: Issues and Implications (1978) and two handbooks co-edited with Tej K. Bhatia, Handbook of Child Language Acquisition (1999) and Handbook of Second Language Acquisition (1996).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


Introduction (Tej K. Bhatia and William C. Ritchie) .

Part I: Overview and Foundations.

Introduction (Tej K. Bhatia).

1. Foundations of Bilingualism (John Edwards).

2. Studying Bilinguals: Methodological and Conceptual Issues (François Grosjean) .

Part II: Neurological and Psychological Aspects of Bilingualism.

Introduction (William C. Ritchie).


3. Bilingual Aphasia (Elizabeth Ijalba, Loraine K. Obler and Shyamala Chengappa).

Approaches to Bilingualism and Language Acquisition.

4. The Bilingual Child (Jurgen M. Meisel).

5. Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition (Yuko G. Butler and Kenji Hakuta).

Bilingual Language Use: Knowledge, Comprehension, and Production.

6. Two Linguistic Systems in Contact: Grammar, Phonology, and Lexicon (Pieter Muysken).

7. The Comprehension of Words and Sentences in Two Languages (Judith F. Kroll and Paola E. Dussias).

8. Speech Production in Bilinguals (Albert Costa).

Bilingualism: Memory, Cognition, and Emotion.

9. Bilingual Memory (Roberto R. Heredia and Jeffrey M. Brown).

10. Bilingualism: Language, Emotion, and Mental Health (Jeanette Altarriba and Rachel G. Morier).

The Bilingual's Repertoire: Code Mixing, Code Switching, and Speech Accommodation.

11. Code Switching and Grammatical Theory (Jeff MacSwan).

12. Sign-Language-Spoken-Language Bilingualism: Code Mixing, and Mode Mixing in ASL-English Bilinguals (Gerald P. Berent).

13. Social and Psychological Factors in Language Mixing (William C. Ritchie and Tej K. Bhatia).

14. Bilingual Accommodation (Itesh Sachdev and Howard Giles) .

Part III: Societal Bilingualism and its Effects.

Introduction (Tej K. Bhatia).

Language Contact, Maintenance, and Endangerment.

15. The Bilingual and Multilingual Community (Suzanne Romaine).

16. Language Maintenance, Language Shift, and Reversing Language Shift (Joshua A. Fishman).

17. Minority and Endangered Languages (Nancy C. Dorian).

18. Multilingualism in Linguistic History: Creolization and Indigenization (Salikoko Mufwene).

19. Bilingualism and Gender (Ingrid Piller and Aneta Pavlenko).

Bilingualism: the Media, Education, and Literacy.

20. Bilingualism in the Global Media and Advertising (Tej K. Bhatia and William C. Ritchie).

21. What do we Know about Bilingual Education for Majority-Language Students (Fred Genesee).

22. The Impact of Bilingualism on Language and Literacy Development (Ellen Bialystok).

Part IV: Global Perspectives and Challenges: Case Studies.

Introduction (William C. Ritchie).

23. Bilingualism in North America (William F. Mackey).

24. Bilingualism in Latin America (Anna Maria Escobar).

25. Bilingualism in Europe (Andrée Tabouret-Keller).

26. Turkish as an Immigrant Language in Europe (Ad Backus).

27. Bi-/Multilingualism in Southern Africa (Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu).

28. Bilingualism in East Asia (David C. S. Li and Sherman Lee).

29. Bilingualism in South Asia (Tej K. Bhatia and William C. Ritchie).

30. Changing Language Loyalties in Central Asia (Birgit Schlyter).

31. Bilingualism in the Middle East and North Africa: A Focus on the Arabic-Speaking World (Judith Rosenhouse and Mira Goral).


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