Bilingualism and Identity

Spanish at the crossroads with other languages

Mercedes Niño-Murcia | The University of Iowa
Jason Rothman | The University of Iowa
ISBN 9789027241481 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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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.
[Studies in Bilingualism, 37] 2008.  vii, 365 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This volume can be commended for its wide-ranging and thoughtful examination of crucial issues such as attitudes toward nonnative, nonstandard, or contact language varieties that have relevance beyond the Spanish-speaking world. As such, it makes a worthy contribution to the growing body of literature on bilingualism, language learning, and identity.”
“As one of most important and widespread languages, what happens to Spanish is a barometer for understanding complex transformations in languages, identities and power relations in a globalizing world. This fascinating collection of studies explores the many meanings of Spanish and the identities of its users as they are co-constructed in diverse contact settings in Europe and the Americas.”
“Bilingualism and Identity provides a fascinating panorama of Spanish in contact with other languages in three discrete situations: as the co-official but nationally dominant language in Spain, the majority, prestige language in Latin America and a less prestigious, minority language in the United States. Elaborating upon the various ways in which bilingual speakers create and continually renegotiate their identities, this collection draws attention to the multifarious and complex identities of individuals who navigate among multiple linguistic worlds. In short, Bilingualism and Identity is an indispensable text for any scholar interested in the bridge between Spanish bilingualism and identity.”
“This book examines linguistic identity construction in Hispanic bilinguals and trilinguals in Spain, Latin America and the United States, offering readers a comprehensive overview of the ways in which identities emerge and are constantly renegotiated in vastly different settings. It is an exciting and important addition to the literature on language contact and a "must read" for anyone who wants to understand the role that linguistic exchanges play in the construction of identity in general and for those who are particularly interested in multilingualism in various parts of the Spanish-speaking world.”
“This is an important and valuable collection. Readers will no doubt discover that the volume's inclusion of a wide range of methodologies and diverse language contact situations enriches their understanding of the phenomena of language contact, bilingualism and language and identity.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFDM: Bilingualism & multilingualism

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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