• Filename: bilingual.
  • ISBN: 0674048873
  • Release Date: 2010-04-15
  • Number of pages: 276
  • Author: François Grosjean
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

Whether in family life, social interactions, or business negotiations, half the people in the world speak more than one language every day. Yet many myths persist about bilingualism and bilinguals. Does being bilingual mean you are equally fluent in two languages, or that you belong to two cultures, or even that you have multiple personalities? Can you become bilingual only as a child? Why do bilinguals switch from one language to another in mid-sentence? Will raising bilingual children confuse and delay their learning of any language? In a lively and often entertaining book, an international authority on bilingualism, son of an English mother and a French father, explores the many facets of bilingualism. In this book, François Grosjean draws on research, interviews, autobiographies, and the engaging examples of bilingual authors. He describes the various strategies—some useful, some not—used by parents raising bilingual children, explains how children easily pick up and forget languages, and considers how bilingualism affects the experience and expression of emotions, thoughts, and dreams. This book shows that speaking two or more languages is not a sign of intelligence, evasiveness, cultural alienation, or political disloyalty. For millions of people, it’s simply a way of navigating the complexities of life.


  • Filename: bilingual.
  • ISBN: 9780674056459
  • Release Date: 2010-08-15
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: François Grosjean
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

Whether in family life, social interactions, or business negotiations, half the people in the world speak more than one language every day. Yet many myths persist about bilingualism and bilinguals. In a lively and entertaining book, an international authority on bilingualism explores the many facets of life with two or more languages.

Life with Two Languages

  • Filename: life-with-two-languages.
  • ISBN: 0674530926
  • Release Date: 1982
  • Number of pages: 370
  • Author: François Grosjean
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

Many people consider bilinguals to be exceptional, yet almost half the world's population speaks more than one language. Bilingualism is found in every country of the world, in every class of society, in all age groups. Life with Two Languages is the first book to provide a complete and authoritative look at the nature of the bilingual experience. François Grosjean, himself a bilingual, covers the topic from each of its many angles in order to provide a balanced introduction to this fascinating phenomenon. Grosjean discusses the political and social situations that arise when languages come into contact and the policies nations have established toward their linguistic minorities in the domains of education and governance. Of particular interest is his detailed account of the psychological and social factors that lead a bilingual to choose one of her languages when speaking to another bilingual or to use both languages in the fascinating phenomenon of code-switching. The author explains how children become bilingual as quickly as they become monolingual, describes the organization of languages in the bilingual brain, and examines the legacy of bilingualism on language, as exemplified in word borrowings. Above all, Life with Two Languages puts the emphasis on the bilingual person. In a series of first-hand reports scattered throughout the book, bilinguals tell what it is like to live with two languages and describe the educational and social experiences they have undergone. Written in a clear and informative style, Life with Two Languages will appeal to professionals and students in linguistics, education, sociology, and psychology, as well as to the more casually curious.

The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism

  • Filename: the-psycholinguistics-of-bilingualism.
  • ISBN: 9781118349731
  • Release Date: 2012-10-25
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Francois Grosjean
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism presents a comprehensive introduction to the foundations of bilingualism, covering language processing, language acquisition, cognition and the bilingual brain. This thorough introduction to the psycholinguistics of bilingualism is accessible to non-specialists with little previous exposure to the field Introduces students to the methodological approaches currently employed in the field, including observation, experimentation, verbal and computational modelling, and brain imaging Examines spoken and written language processing, simultaneous and successive language acquisition, bilingual memory and cognitive effects, and neurolinguistic and neuro-computational models of the bilingual brain Written in an accessible style by two of the field’s leading researchers, together with contributions from internationally-renowned scholars Featuring chapter-by-chapter research questions, this is an essential resource for those seeking insights into the bilingual mind and our current knowledge of the cognitive basis of bilingualism

A Parents and Teachers Guide to Bilingualism

  • Filename: a-parents-and-teachers-guide-to-bilingualism.
  • ISBN: 9781847695710
  • Release Date: 2007-09-26
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Author: Colin Baker, 194
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters

Written in a very reader-friendly style, the book is a practical introduction for parents and teachers to bilingualism. Straightforward and realistic answers are given to a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions about bilingualism and bilingual education. Areas covered include family, language, culture, identity, reading , writing, schooling and issues. In the third edition, there is new or more detailed consideration of: • Moving between countries, cultural adaptation • Identity issues • One parent - one language (OPOL) families • Pre schools / kindergartens / nursery schools • Helping with homework • Dyslexia • Language scaffolding • Multilingualism and trilingualism; trilingual families • Adoption • WWW links, articles and books for further reading

Bilingualism in Schools and Society

  • Filename: bilingualism-in-schools-and-society.
  • ISBN: 9780415891042
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Author: Sarah J. Shin
  • Publisher: Routledge

This book is an introduction to the social and educational aspects of bilingualism. It presents an overview of a broad range of sociolinguistic and political issues surrounding the use of two languages, including code-switching in popular music, advertising, and online social spaces. It offers a well-informed discussion of what it means to study and live with multiple languages in a globalized world and practical advice on raising bilingual children.

The Bilingual Brain

  • Filename: the-bilingual-brain.
  • ISBN: 9780199828111
  • Release Date: 2013-11
  • Number of pages: 193
  • Author: Arturo E. Hernandez
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

Arturo Hernandez presents the results of 25 years of research into the factors that might help us to understand how two (or more) languages are stored in one brain. It is clear that the brain is not egalitarian—some languages are privileged and others are not, but why?

Bilingual Siblings

  • Filename: bilingual-siblings.
  • ISBN: 9781847693266
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters

How do bilingual brothers and sisters talk to each other? Sibling language use is an uncharted area in studies of bilingualism. From a perspective of independent researcher and parent of three bilingual children Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert discusses the issues of a growing bilingual or multilingual family. What happens when there are two or more children at different stages of language development? Do all the siblings speak the same languages? Which language(s) do the siblings prefer to speak together? Could one child refuse to speak one language while another child is fluently bilingual? How do the factors of birth order, personality or family size interact in language production? With data from over 100 international families this book investigates the reality of family life with two or more children and languages. -- Back cover.

The Book of Disquiet

  • Filename: the-book-of-disquiet.
  • ISBN: 9781847652379
  • Release Date: 2010-12-09
  • Number of pages: 356
  • Author: Fernando Pessoa
  • Publisher: Profile Books

Sitting at his desk, Bernardo Soares imagined himself free forever of Rua dos Douradores, of his boss Vasques, of Moreira the book-keeper, of all the other employees, the errand boy, the post boy, even the cat. But if he left them all tomorrow and discarded the suit of clothes he wears, what else would he do? Because he would have to do something. And what suit would he wear? Because he would have to wear another suit. A self-deprecating reflection on the sheer distance between the loftiness of his feelings and the humdrum reality of his life, The Book of Disquiet is a classic of existentialist literature.

7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child

  • Filename: 7-steps-to-raising-a-bilingual-child.
  • ISBN: 9780814400463
  • Release Date: 2008-11-13
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Naomi STEINER
  • Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn

The best time to learn a second language is as a child. During childhood, the brain is more receptive to language learning than at any other time in life. Aware that a second language can enrich their child's understanding of other cultures and bring future job opportunities in a world drawn ever closer by globalization, many parents today are motivated to raise their children bilingual. This book helps parents in both monolingual and multilingual families determine and achieve their bilingual goals for their child, whether those goals are understanding others, the ability to speak a second language, reading and/or writing in two languages, or some combination of all of these. The authors explain how the brain learns more than one language, explode common myths, address frequently asked questions, and reveal an array of resources available to families. Packed with insightful anecdotes and powerful strategies, this is a one-of-a-kind guidebook for those seeking to provide their children with a uniquely valuable experience.

The Handbook of Bilingualism

  • Filename: the-handbook-of-bilingualism.
  • ISBN: 0631227350
  • Release Date: 2006-01-23
  • Number of pages: 884
  • Author: Tej K. Bhatia
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

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.

Dual Language Development and Disorders

  • Filename: dual-language-development-and-disorders.
  • ISBN: 1598570587
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 278
  • Author: Johanne Paradis
  • Publisher: Brookes Pub

Updated with the latest research, this second edition of the bestselling textbook fully prepares SLPs and educators to support young children who are dual language learners-and make informed decisions about assessment and intervention when a disorder is p

Bilingual By Choice

  • Filename: bilingual-by-choice.
  • ISBN: 1857884442
  • Release Date: 2010-12-15
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Virginie Raguenaud
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing

For parents, educators, immigrants and expatriates. Includes 100 creative activities and strategies for the home and community.

Studying Bilinguals

  • Filename: studying-bilinguals.
  • ISBN: 9780191535857
  • Release Date: 2008-02-21
  • Number of pages: 328
  • Author: François Grosjean
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford

Even though more than half the world's population is bilingual, the study of bilinguals has lagged behind that of monolinguals. With this book, which draws on twenty-five years of the author's research, Fran--ccedil--;ois Grosjean contributes significantly to redressing the balance. The volume covers four areas of research: the definition and characterization of the bilingual person, the perception and production of spoken language by bilinguals, the sign-oral bilingualism of the Deaf, and methodological and conceptual issues in research on bilingualism. While the author takes a largely psycholinguistic approach, his acute linguistic and sociolinguistic awareness is evident throughout and especially so in his reflections on what it means to be bilingual and bicultural. The book also defends increased co-operation among researchers in connecting fields such as the language sciences and the neurosciences.

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