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Language Allegiances and Bilingualism in the US Edited by: M. Rafael Salaberry

Paperback - 224 pages
18 Jun 2009
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148 (A5)


This book explores the close association between use of a language and the sense of affiliation with the culture associated with it: an allegiance that seems to garner a type of loyalty and support that few other identities command.


This book offers a well-made selection of illuminating perspectives on the relation between language and identity in the United States. The contributors - an all-star cast - study the conditions under which beliefs and attitudes towards language are produced and survey the roles they play and effects they have within the fields of culture, education, and politics. With this volume, the sociology of language takes a step forward in its long-standing effort to produce a coherent articulation of language and politics as an object of research.
José del Valle, The Graduate Center - CUNY, USA

The chapters in the book are engaging, critical and current, in that they present the political and social discourses at the micro and macro level - something to imbue our thinking.
Nydia Flores-Ferran, Department of Spanish and Portugese, Rutgers State University, The Journal of Sociolinguistics

Author Biography:

M. Rafael Salaberry (PhD, Cornell University) is Professor of Second Language Acquisition in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (University of Texas-Austin). Prof. Salaberry’s research focuses on (1) the development of tense and aspect among adult second language learners, (2) second language teaching, including methodology, testing and web-based learning and (3) bilingual education. His research is presented in several books published by John Benjamins (2000, 2002, 2005), Georgetown University Press (2003, 2006) and Continuum Press (2008) as well as several articles in peer-refereed journals. He is also the producer of the documentary film “The Choosers” (2006) on two-way bilingual education.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional

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