Illegal Alphabets and Adult Biliteracy: Latino Migrants Crossing the Linguistic Border, Expanded Edition

Illegal Alphabets and Adult Biliteracy: Latino Migrants Crossing the Linguistic Border, Expanded Edition

by Tomas Mario Kalmar


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138804272
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Edition description: Expanded
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tomás Mario Kalmar organized Paulo Freire’s visit to Sydney in 1974 and served as his interpreter. He has helped to launch a wide variety of innovative educational projects for children and adults, ranging from Su Casa Migrant Head Start in southern Illinois to California State University Monterey Bay. Currently he is Co-Director, Community Learning Center, International Sonoran Desert Alliance, USA.

Table of Contents


Note on the Second Edition


1 No Man’s Land

I Líricamente

II The Death of Leonardo

III Doló Dasnt Protect As

2 The Cobden Glossaries

I Constructing a Hybrid Alphabet

II A Kind of Algebraic Notation

III New Contexts, New Texts, Same Moves

IV A Scene of Writing: The Village Hall

V The Cobden Glossaries

3 Some Laugh, Others Frown

I "Is This Text a Joke, or What?"

II Cracking the Ninth-Century Code

III Three Ways of Reading a Cobden Glossary

IV Freirean Dilemmas

V Wallerstein on the Case of the Cobden Glossaries

VI Conclusion

4 Making It Legal:

The Social Construction of Hybrid Alphabets

Strictly Speaking: Emic vs Etic

II Writing in the No-Man’s Land Between Languages

III How to Legitimize a Hybrid Alphabet

Epilogue: A Game as Old as the Alphabet?


Opting for the vernacular

Peter Elbow

Translanguaging and abecedarios ilegales

Ofelia García

Ways with letters and sounds

James Paul Gee

The power of the single case

Hervé Varenne

Ethnomethodology and mestizaje: the Cherán Connection

Luis Vázquez León


Karen Velasquez


Tomás Mario Kalmar

List of Contributors


Author Index

Subject Index

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