Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World : Linguistic and Cognitive Perspectives, Paperback / softback Book

Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World : Linguistic and Cognitive Perspectives Paperback / softback


Bilingualism has given rise to significant changes in Spanish-speaking countries.

In the US, the increasing importance of Spanish has engendered an English-only movement; in Peru, contact between Spanish and Quechua has brought about language change; and in Iberia, speakers of Basque, Galician and Catalan have made their languages a compulsory part of school curricula and local government.

This book provides an introduction to bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking world, looking at topics such as language contact, bilingual societies, bilingualism in schools, code-switching, language transfer, the emergence of new varieties of Spanish, and language choice - and how all of these phenomena affect the linguistic and cognitive development of the speaker.

Using examples and case studies drawn primarily from Spanish/English bilinguals in the US, Spanish/Quechua bilinguals in Peru and Spanish/Basque bilinguals in Spain, it provides diverse perspectives on the experience of being bilingual in distinct cultural, political and socioeconomic contexts.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 248 pages, 12 Tables, black and white; 3 Maps; 9 Halftones, unspecified; 9 Line drawings, unspecifie
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Bilingualism & multilingualism
  • ISBN: 9780521132978

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