book notice: Bilingualism and Identity: Spanish at the crossroads with other languages

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sun May 18 12:50:10 UTC 2008


Bilingualism and Identity: Spanish at the crossroads with other languages
Series Title: Studies in Bilingualism 37
Published: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiBil%2037

Editor: Mercedes Niño-Murcia
Editor: Jason Rothman

Abstract:

Sociolinguists have been pursuing connections between language and identity
for several decades. But how are language and identity related in
bilingualism and multilingualism? Mobilizing the most current methodology,
this collection presents new research on language identity and bilingualism
in three regions where Spanish coexists with other languages. The cases are
Spanish-English contact in the United States, Spanish-indigenous language
contact in Latin America, and Spanish-regional language contact in Spain.
This is the first comparativist book to examine language and identity
construction among bi- or multilingual speakers while keeping one of the
languages constant. The sociolinguistic standing of Spanish varies among
the three regions depending whether or not it is a language of prestige.
Comparisons therefore afford a strong constructivist perspective on how
linguistic ideologies affect bi/multilingual identity formation.

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