Book notice: Bilingualism: A Social Approach

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Bilingualism: A Social Approach
Series Title: Palgrave Advances
2007 Palgrave Macmillan

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Author: Monica Heller


The contributors to this volume provide a critical examination of the notion
of bilingualism as it has developed in linguistics and of its use in
discourses of social regulation in state and civil society in the twentieth
and twenty-first centuries. They attempt to move the field away from a
common sense, but in fact highly ideologized, view of bilingualism as the
co-existence of two linguistic systems, and to develop a critical
perspective which approaches bilingualism as a wide variety of sets of
sociolinguistics practices connected to the construction of social
difference and of social inequality under specific historical conditions.

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