Bilingualism and Identity: Spanish at the Crossroads with Other Languages

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Mercedes Niño-Murcia, Jason Rothman
John Benjamins Publishing, 2008 - 365 pages
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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Contents

Preface
3
Spanishcontact bilingualism and identity
11
Bilingualism identity and citizenship in the Basque Country
35
Linguistic ideologies in Galician
63
Language and identity in Catalonia
87
Literacy and the expression of social identity in a dominant
109
Violence and cultural rights
127
Gender ethnicity and language
151
in the development of MexiRicans phonological and lexical features
201
Dual language immersion and familial ideologies
221
The tension between linguistic correctness
257
Constructing linguistic identity in Southern California
279
All in the Family
301
Indicators of bilingualism and identity Samples from
333
Author index
359
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