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Language, Identity, and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society

Language, Identity, and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society

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  • ISBN-13: 9780739193617
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Release Date: May 20, 2015
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.55 x 9.2 x 6.36 inches

Overview

Language, Identity and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society provides scholarly insight into how foreign language acquisition influences an individual’s understanding of identity within the African American family. Rooted in sociolinguistic, communication, and bilingual theoretical perspectives, Kami J. Anderson describes how foreign language acquisition, development, and use shape how Africans and African Americans describe and proscribe their identity and, in turn, the identity of the family. Language, Identiy, and Choice looks specifically at how family language choices, in particular choosing to be bilingual, affect family communication and perception of identity from people outside of the family. Anderson combines both extensive research and her personal experience of being bilingual to challenge the existing notions of what it means to be Black when personal experiences with race and ethnicity extend beyond the boundaries of the native country or culture.


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