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ISBN: 0140159517
Author: John Edwards
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 1996)
Pages: 272
Category: Words Language & Grammar
Subcategory: Reference
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Published August 1, 1996 by Penguin (Non-Classics). There's no description for this book yet.

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ISBN 10: 0140159517 ISBN 13: 9780140159516. Publisher: Penguin Books, 1996.

Multilingualism may indeed be a fact of life, as Edwards maintains above, and people use the term freely, but what .

Paperback: 256 pages. Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (December 31, 1988).

The author looks at the ways in which we do this. Paperback: 256 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0140138290.

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Other books by John Edwards. Multilingualism (Penguin, 1995).

Questions for Thought and Discussion. Other books by John Edwards.

Fase, . Jaspaert, K. and Kroon, S. (ed. 1992. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 12th e. allas: Summer Institute of Linguistics. Herriman, M. and Burnaby, B. 1996.

ngualism is a natural phenomenon worldwide. This article presents a complex and holistic view of bilinguals and multilinguals on conceptual, theoretical, and pragmatic/applied grounds.

Multilingualism, both in individuals and in societies, is interesting both from a linguistic and psychological viewpoint and of ever-present political importance. The extent of migration and immigration in the modern world is making multilingualism, both individual and social, increasingly common and of major impact, in politics and particularly in education, all over the world. This book covers all aspects of the subject, from the psychological impact on a child of being raised bilingual, to the political struggles to preserve - or suppress - minority languages and the relationship between nationalistic feeling and language.

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Windworker
Wonderful insight into the world of multilingual studies and concepts of sociolinguistics. Covers many areas without going into too much detail. A great read for anyone who is interested in the topic or thinking about pursuing studies of said topic. Also surprising snarky at times. I enjoyed it very much.
Dianalmeena
like a new book. and fast delivery. I am satisfied.
Kemath
John Edwards' MULTILINGUALISM is an introduction to the phenomenon of 5,000 languages over just a few tens of countries. The necessity to learn multiple languages to function in one's society is, in fact, nearly universal, and Edwards presents the polemic that ensues. The book is written in a very accessible tone and assumes little formal knowledge of linguistics.

Edwards begins by explaining the gradual change of a single language into a whole family of multually unintelligible tongues, the process that gives us multiple languages. He then explains how bilingualism works, how one learns a second language whether as a child or as an adult learner. Code-switching, borrowing, and interference are some important themes here.

The meat of the book is how multiple languages interact not just in the brain of the individual, but among the greater society. Language spread and, closely related, language decline is depressingly reported, while the difficulties of language revival are presented. For Edwards, multilingualism is not just the co-existence of multiple languages within a given society, but even the presence of multiple forms of speech. Very fascinating is his description of prescriptivism, which in seeking to uphold "pure" language asserts that other variants are necessarily impure. And even within a single-language group, men may speak strikingly different than women, as among the Gros Ventre of Montana where men say "jatsa" for bread while women say "kjatsa".

Edwards' MULTILINGUALISM is probably the single best introduction to the topic. However, having been published in 1994, some of its contemporary examples are dated. Bernard Spolsky's LANGUAGE POLICY (Cambridge University Press, 2004) illustrates the matter with some rather more timely issues. Also, Jean Aitchinson's LANGUAGE CHANGE: Progress or Decay is a more profound look the matter than Edwards, and at a similar gentle pace.

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