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Title: Bilingual
Subtitle: Life and Reality
Written By: Fran├žois Grosjean
URL: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/
Description:

Whether in family life, social interactions, or business negotiations, half the
people in the world speak more than one language every day. Yet many
myths persist about bilingualism and bilinguals. Does being bilingual mean
you are equally fluent in two languages, or that you belong to two cultures, or
even that you have multiple personalities? Can you become bilingual only as
a child? Why do bilinguals switch from one language to another in mid-
sentence? Will raising bilingual children confuse and delay their learning of
any language?

In a lively and often entertaining book, an international authority on
bilingualism, son of an English mother and a French father, explores the
many facets of bilingualism. In this book, Fran├žois Grosjean draws on
research, interviews, autobiographies, and the engaging examples of bilingual
authors. He describes the various strategies-some useful, some not-used by
parents raising bilingual children, explains how children easily pick up and
forget languages, and considers how bilingualism affects the experience and
expression of emotions, thoughts, and dreams.

This book shows that speaking two or more languages is not a sign of
intelligence, evasiveness, cultural alienation, or political disloyalty. For
millions of people, it's simply a way of navigating the complexities of life.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0674048873
ISBN-13: 9780674048874
Pages: 276
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