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  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Revised edition (17 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631195394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631195399
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 explores various aspects of bilingual behavior, such as code switching and language mixing, in terms of neurolinguistic organization in the individual speaker. The author also assesses the positive and negative claims made for the effects of bilingualism on children′s cognitive, social and academic development, and examines the assumptions behind various language policies and programs for bilingual children. In all this, Professor Romaine draws on her own research with Punjabi /Engllish bilinguals in Britain, and Tok Pisin/ English bilingual children in Papua New Guinea.

About the Author

Suzanne Romaine is Merton Professor of English Language at the University of Oxford.


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I bought this book as it was on the required reading list for my linguistics course. I am glad that I did. This book provided me with a great insight into the field of bilingualism. It is well written with current research and references. The book is split into sections that make finding information easy. The topics in the book range from sociolinguistic aspects to the neurological processes of a bilingual individual.
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HASH(0x937ba8dc) out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction 28 Feb. 2006
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Romaine provides an excellent introduction to the field of bilingualism. Of the texts I have read on the topic, this is perhaps the one that finds the best balance between readability and comprehensiveness. She covers the main subfields of bilingualism, and discusses numerous studies in the field. If you're just getting into the field, this will serve as a great guide, and you'll be able to find some great resources which you'll then be able to pursue independently. I strongly recommend this as the first book to read on bilingualism. After you read this, then you can move on to more advanced texts.
HASH(0x936bd5d0) out of 5 stars Bought for a class, but enjoyed materials covered in book 17 April 2009
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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.
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I just loved the book. I also got hers signature on it! :)
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