By Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele, Alex Housen, Prof. Wei Li
The 9 unique papers during this quantity were written via overseas specialists and care for person bilingualism, societal and academic phenomena, addressing concerns corresponding to bilingual utilization, acquisition, educating, and language making plans and coverage. The volume’s significant asset lies in its range of subject matters and within the diversity of languages and nation-states coated. the viewpoint followed is multidisciplinary, together with linguistics, sociolinguistics, psychology, and utilized linguistics.
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1986) Research on the acculturation model for second language acquisition. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 7 (5), 379–92. Who’s Afraid of Bilingualism? 27 Skutnabb-Kangas, T. (1984) Bilingualism or Not: The Education of Minorities. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. Swain, M. (1981) Time and timing in bilingual education. Language Learning 31, 1– 16. Swain, M. and Lapkin, S. (1982) Evaluating Bilingual Education: A Canadian Case Study. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. T’Sou, B.
In earlier times, not to have known Latin or Greek or French in addition to one’s vernacular would have been unthinkable for educated people – but often unthinkable, perhaps, in the same way that it would have been unthinkable not to have had servants. Among those fortunate élite bilinguals, of course, there were – and are – many driven by purer scholastic motives. But acknowledging this also means acknowledging that élite bilingualism need not rule out motives of necessity more usually associated with the folk variety.
It is both the obligation and the fulfilment of intellectual life, after all, to express what less articulate souls may somehow feel or possess. When we consider that the language competences of most bilinguals are shallower than those of the Steiners of the world – broader, sometimes, but rarely as deep – and that neither the capacity nor the inclination to think much about identity is a widely distributed quantity, we realise again what important questions remain to be asked, what research – more psychological than linguistic – still needs to be undertaken.