An Introduction to Bilingualism: Principles and Processes

An Introduction to Bilingualism: Principles and Processes

An Introduction to Bilingualism: Principles and Processes

An Introduction to Bilingualism: Principles and Processes

Synopsis

This important text provides a general overview of the methods and theories used in the broad domain of bilingualism. The unique interdisciplinary approach, which is reflected in the various topics covered, gives students a global picture of the field. Topics range from early childhood intellectual development to educational and social-cognitive challenges to the maturing bilingual brain. Important developing areas such as cognitive aging, creativity, the social and cultural context perspective, communication disorders and sentence processing are also covered within the volume. This text is aimed towards undergraduate courses and graduate courses in psycholinguistics, especially those with an emphasis on bilingualism or second language learning.

Excerpt

Jeanette Altarriba and Roberto R. Heredia

We take great joy and honor in presenting AnIntroduction to Bilingualism: Principles and Processes to students, teachers of bilingualism, and the scientific community. This volume is intended for use in undergraduate courses and undergraduate seminars such as The Psychology of Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition, as well as graduate courses in psycholinguistics with emphasis on bilingualism or second language learning. It is our hope that this volume will provide the undergraduate and graduate student with a general overview of the methods and theories used in the broad domain of bilingualism. Indeed, this interdisciplinary approach is reflected in the various topics covered in this book, ranging from early childhood intellectual development to the educational and social-cognitive challenges, if any, faced by the “normal” and aging bilingual, as well as the maturing bilingual brain. Although other excellent and seminal introductory textbooks (e.g., Grosjean, 1982) are available, these books were in need of updating and the inclusion of new developing areas of bilingual inquiry that include cognitive aging (Schrauf, this volume, chapter 5), creativity (Simonton, this volume, chapter 7), the social and cultural context perspective (Pérea & García Coll, this volume, chapter 10), communication disorders (Kohnert, this volume, chapter 13), and sentence processing (Gianico & Altarriba, this volume, chapter 4). We would be remiss, however, if we did not cite Grosjean’s (1982) classic text and Romaine’s (1995) volume that we have been using in our Psychology of Bilingualism class for the last 7 years and Hamers and Blanc’s (2000) excellent book that triggered and shaped the direction and focus of the current volume. Finally, it is hoped that we succeeded in providing the bilingual student, teacher, and researcher with an updated and interdisciplinary perspective about the intricacies of the bilingual mind.

References

Grosjean, F. (1982). Life with two languages: An introduction to bilingualism. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Hamers, J. F., & Blanc, M. H. A. (2000). Bilinguality and bilingualism (2nd ed.). Cambridge, MA: Cambridge Press.

Romaine, S. (1995). Bilingualism. Cambridge, U.K.: Blackwell.

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