Topics in Language and Linguistics

Literacy in School and Society

Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Editors: Sonino, Elizabetta Zuanelli (Ed.)

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The "function" and "notion" of literacy may be considered the keystone, a "filigree" principle underlying the educational, social, and cultural organiza­ tion of the societies of the twentieth century. It is therefore interesting to try to pinpoint the notion and its implications at the tum of the century by focusing the attention of scholars from various disciplines-sociolinguistics, psychology, psycholinguistics, and pedagogy-on the subject. This is the purpose of this volume, which originated from an inter­ disciplinary meeting on trends in and problems of research on early literacy through mother tongues and/or second languages, held in Venice under the auspices of the University of Venice, and in particular of the Seminario di Linguistica e di Didattica della Lingue and the Centro Linguistico Interfacolta, and the Municipality of Venice, together with UNESCO and AILA. A first far-reaching question touches on the role assigned to or fulfilled by mass "literacy" in modem society. The concept of literacy considered as a social achievement, an essential component in the process of education to be institutionally prompted and controlled, fluctuates between two opposite poles. A polemic-destructive view considers the notion and the educational "prac­ tices" connected with it as a potent instrument of social control, a tool for social reproduction and consensus. On the other side, a plurifunctional con­ structive view considers the acquisition and maintenance of different languages via educational institutions as a concrete possibility for the defense and main­ tenance of cultural pluralism and identity, be it social, ethnic, or religious.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • On the Notion and Implications of the Concept of Mother Tongue in Literacy Education in a Multilingual Context

    Kashoki, Mubanga E.

    Pages 3-14

  • Issues and Trends in Early Bilingual Literacy in Brazil

    Matos, Francisco Gomes

    Pages 15-24

  • Non-English-Language Ethnic Community Schools in the USA

    Fishman, Joshua A.

    Pages 25-33

  • The Development of Bilingual Literacy Skills

    Lambert, Wallace E.

    Pages 35-39

  • Ancestral Language Training and the Development of Bilingual Literacy

    Danesi, Marcel

    Pages 41-53

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literacy in School and Society
Book Subtitle
Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Editors
  • Elizabetta Zuanelli Sonino
Series Title
Topics in Language and Linguistics
Copyright
1989
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-0909-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-0909-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-43166-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-0911-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 292
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