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Title: Bilingualism and Identity
Subtitle: Spanish at the crossroads with other languages
Edited By: Mercedes Niño-Murcia
Jason Rothman
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiBil%2037
Series Title: Studies in Bilingualism 37

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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.

Table of contents


Part I. Theoretical background

Preface, Ana Celia Zentella

1. Spanish-contact bilingualism and identity, Mercedes Niño-Murcia and
Jason Rothman

Part II. Spanish in contact with autonomous languages in Spain

2. Bilingualism, identity and citizenship in the Basque Country, Maria-Jose
Azurmendi, Nekane Larrañaga and Jokin Apalategi

3. Conflicting values at a conflicting age: Linguistic ideologies in
Galician adolescents, Verónica Loureiro-Rodríguez

4. Language and identity in Catalonia, Emile Boix-Fuster and Cristina Sanz

Part III. Spanish in contact with Creole and Amerindian languages in Latin

5. Literacy and the expression of social identity in a dominant language: A
description of "mi familia" by Quechua-Spanish bilingual children, Liliana

6. Maya ethnolinguistic identity: Violence, and cultural rights in
bilingual Kaqchikel communities, Brigittine M. French

7. "Enra kopiai...Non kopiai": Gender, ethnicity, and language use in a
Shipibo community in Lima, Virginia Zavala and Nino Bariola

8. Kreyol incursions into Dominican Spanish: The perception of Haitianized
speech among Dominicans, Barbara E. Bullock and Almeida Jacqueline Toribio

Part IV. Spanish in contact with English in the United States

9. "I was raised talking like my mom": The influence of mothers in the
development of MexiRicans' phonological and lexical features, Kim Potowski

10. Choosing Spanish: Dual language immersion and familial ideologies,
Elaine Shenk

11. Whose Spanish? The tension between linguistic correctness and cultural
identity, Bonnie Urciuoli

12. Constructing linguistic identity in Southern California, Isabel

13. Multilingualism and identity: All in the Family, Jason Rothman and
Mercedes Niño-Murcia

Part V. Conclusion

Afterword: Indicators of bilingualism and identity. Samples from the
Spanish-speaking world, Margarita Hidalgo

Author index
Subject index

"This book examines linguistic identity construction in Hispanic bilinguals
and trilinguals in Spain, Latin America and the United States, offering
readers a comprehensive overview of the ways in which identities emerge and
are constantly renegotiated in vastly different settings. It is an exciting
and important addition to the literature on language contact and a "must
read" for anyone who wants to understand the role that linguistic exchanges
play in the construction of identity in general and for those who are
particularly interested in multilingualism in various parts of the
Spanish-speaking world."
-Guadalupe Valdés, Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education and
Professor of Spanish & Portuguese, Stanford University

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Spanish
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9027241791
ISBN-13: 9789027241795
Pages: 365
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