Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Being Bilingual in Borinquen: Student Voices from the University of Puerto Rico (Hardback)
  • Being Bilingual in Borinquen: Student Voices from the University of Puerto Rico (Hardback)
zoom

Being Bilingual in Borinquen: Student Voices from the University of Puerto Rico (Hardback)

(editor)
£58.99
Hardback 195 Pages / Published: 25/05/2017
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
The Spanish-speaking island of Puerto Rico (also known as Borinquen) has had a complex linguistic landscape since 1898, due to the United States' colonial imposition of English as the language of administration and education. Even after 1948, when Puerto Rico was finally permitted to hold its own gubernatorial elections and determine its own language policies, controversy regarding how best to achieve bilingualism continued. Despite many studies of the language dynamic of the island, the voices of the people who actually live there have been muted. This volume opens with a basic introduction to bilingualism, with special reference to Puerto Rico. It then showcases twenty-five engaging personal histories written by Puerto Rican language professionals which reveal how they became bilingual, the obstacles faced, the benefits accrued, and the linguistic and cultural future they envision for themselves and their children. The closing chapter analyzes the commonalities of their richly detailed stories as well as the variability of their bilingual life experiences in order to inform a more nuanced language policy for Puerto Rico. The linguistic autobiographies will resonate with bilinguals of all kinds in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, as well as those in other countries. The main message that emerges from the book is that there are many routes to multilingualism, and one-size-fits-all language policies are doomed to miss their mark.

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781443889940
Number of pages: 195
Dimensions: 212 x 148 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition

You may also be interested in...

The New Penguin Russian Course
Added to basket
Political Correctness Gone Mad?
Added to basket
Have You Eaten Grandma?
Added to basket
Mythologies
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Let's Sign Pocket Dictionary
Added to basket
The Etymologicon
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
How to Argue with a Cat
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Dent's Modern Tribes
Added to basket
£10.99   £7.99
Paperback
Pearl
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Babel
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
The Wee Book a Glesca Banter
Added to basket
Lost in Translation
Added to basket
It's All Greek
Added to basket
Fucking Apostrophes
Added to basket
£6.99   £5.99
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.