Monolingualism and Bilingualism: Lessons from Canada and Spain

Monolingualism and Bilingualism: Lessons from Canada and Spain

by Wright
     
 

There is an urgent need at the heart of linguistic theorising to take account of bi- and multilingual perspectives. In the field of language planning, issues of bilingualism are often perceived through monolingual filters and resolved by monolingual responses. In this volume issues of monolingualism, multilingualism and identity are addressed directly in detailed

Overview

There is an urgent need at the heart of linguistic theorising to take account of bi- and multilingual perspectives. In the field of language planning, issues of bilingualism are often perceived through monolingual filters and resolved by monolingual responses. In this volume issues of monolingualism, multilingualism and identity are addressed directly in detailed studies of Canada and Spain. John Edwards and Charlotte Hoffmann are both well-known authorities on bilingualism and problems associated with language in multilingual societies. In this book they provide state of the art articles on Spain and Canada. Their insights are useful in a period of evolution in both these countries. After each of the articles, which were presented in a seminar series, there is a transcript of the debate which followed. The invited audiences are all scholars working on the area or in allied fields.

Editorial Reviews

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Two articles analyzing bilingualism and identity in Canada and Spain and deconstructing traditional monolingual responses to the realities of French Canadian and Catalan, Basque, and Galician speakers in Spain. Language scholars John Edwards and Charlotte Hoffman present their arguments and the ramifications for language education. Each article is then followed by a transcript of a seminar debate, providing lively questions and expanding the issues. Lacks an index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853593543
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters Ltd.
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
108
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.43(d)

Meet the Author

Sue Wright is a lecturer in the School of Language and European Studies at Aston University. Her research interests are multilingualism and language policy in Europe.

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