Bilingualism, Multiculturalism, and Second Language Learning: The McGill Conference in Honour of Wallace E. Lambert

Bilingualism, Multiculturalism, and Second Language Learning: The McGill Conference in Honour of Wallace E. Lambert

Bilingualism, Multiculturalism, and Second Language Learning: The McGill Conference in Honour of Wallace E. Lambert

Bilingualism, Multiculturalism, and Second Language Learning: The McGill Conference in Honour of Wallace E. Lambert

Synopsis

This collection pays tribute to Professor Wallace E. Lambert and his contributions to the fields of language and linguistics. Each chapter, written by an internationally renowned theorist or researcher, traces the currents of theory and research within the topic area to the present day, provides a state-of-the-art review of the topic, and offers an outline for future research directions. The book concludes with an overview from Professor Lambert that critically examines the impact of the ideas in each individual chapter.

This volume is organized around the three areas where Professor Lambert's unique contributions are most substantial and most evident: bilingualism, multiculturalism, and second language learning. Specifically, the papers presented discuss the topics of social, psychological, cognitive, and neuropsychological aspects of bilingualism and second language learning, the psychology of inter-group relations and multiculturalism, bilingual/immersion education, and language planning.

Note: Royalties earned from sales of this book will go to the Wallace E. Lambert Student Research Fund at McGill University for use by students interested in second language acquisition, bilingualism, and/or multiculturalism.

Excerpt

In the early summer of 1988, Bob Gardner, Fred Genesee, Al Paivio, Dick Tucker, and I appointed ourselves as an Organizing Committee to plan a conference in honour of Wallace E. Lambert on the occasion of his "official" retirement from McGill University after 35 years of exceptional teaching and distinguished research. We invited a number of scholars to prepare presentations on topics that we felt were reflective of Wally Lambert's profound influence on psycholinguistics, language education, and social psychology.

The conference took place on May 10-12, 1989, at l'Hôtel Estérel, north of Montreal. The audience was comprised of people from social psychology, education, sociology, psychometrics, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, and linguistics, and included such distinguished guests as M. Pierre-Étienne Laporte (of the Office de la langue française) and Ms. Kathryn Manzer (President of Canadian Parents for French). Ten papers, plus a conference overview by Lambert, were presented. Unlike a traditional Festschrift, which is primarily retrospective, the papers presented dealt with issues of current theoretical significance and also pointed to areas for future theoretical and empirical investigation; the eleven chapters in this volume are expansions of the talks given at l'Estérel. In addition to the scholarly presentations, there were also addresses by Mr. Peter Rainboth, the Canadian Deputy Commissioner of Official Languages, and Mr. Keith Fitzpatrick, Directeur du service éducatif aux anglophones du Ministère de l'Education (Province du Québec).

Not all of the three days of the conference was spent on academic pursuits; like everything else connected with Wally Lambert, there was time for fun, too. Like athletes before a game, we took breaks from polishing our papers to shoot pool or swim or just socialize with old friends. The social highpoint of the conference was a banquet in honour of Wally attended by the conference participants, a large contingent of McGill friends, and Wally's entire family, including his wife Janine, his daughter Sylvie, his son Philippe (and his family from France), and his brother Bill (and his family). But then . . .

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