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Since it was first published in 1989, Suzanne Romaine's book has been recognized as the most authoritative introduction to the sociolinguistics of bilingualism. The new edition has been completely revised to incorporate recent work in this fast developing field. Throughout the book, bilingualism is seen as both a societal and cognitive phenomenon. Professor Romaine explore ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published January 9th 1995 by Wiley-Blackwell
(first published January 1st 1989)
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Read for a linguistics class: Bilingual Development. An interesting and well-written study of bilingualism, primarily from a linguistics perspective, although there are elements of socio-linguistics to the text as well. Topics covered include code-switching, cognition, and education, among others.
I had to buy this for my FLA 499 Bilingualism and Languages in Contact class at ASU. There is a lot of material covered in the book by the author, but it's very informative and gives good references for further research on bilingualism/linguistics. Glad the professor picked this book--I still reference it for research/sources in my other linguistics classes.
I have to say that I did not read this book cover to cover as I was interested specifically in learning about bilingualism in children. But the chapters I did read presented interesting cases and a very all-round view of intepretations of what it means to be "bilingual" as well as attitudes towards the same.
She is Merton Professor of English language at the University of Oxford.More about Suzanne Romaine...