Topics in Language and Linguistics

Issues in International Bilingual Education

The Role of the Vernacular

Editors: Hartford, Beverly, Valdman, Albert, Foster, Charles R. (Eds.)

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CHRISTINA BRAIT PAULSTON There is an important difference between merely experimental and genuine experiment. The one may be a feeling for novelty, the other is rationally based on experience seeking a better way. - Frank Lloyd Wright Wright was talking about architecture, but the same difference can be applied to analyzing the relationship between standard and vernacular languages in bilingual education; surely we are also seeking a better way to handle bilingual education based on experience. How rationally based our efforts are, is another question. Works on this and similar topics can at times become the scene for very emotional-and very moving-presentations which sometimes are more utopian than rational. One can perhaps call this a very 'rational' text, because so few of the contributors are members of ethnic subordinate groups. Am I suggesting that minority group members are less rational? Of course not. I am suggesting that it is much easier to be calm, objective and scholarly about the lot of others than about your own. The most salient feature about the bilingual education of vernacular speaking groups is the social and economic exploitation of its members by the dominant group. The papers herein, treating bilingual education from a psychological perspective, agree at least on the issue that an understanding of the social and economic factors underlying bilingual education is crucial for understanding the psychological studies on bilingualism.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Bilingualism and the Vernacular

    Poplack, Shana

    Pages 1-23

  • The Bilingual’s Linguistic Repertoire

    Kachru, Braj B.

    Pages 25-52

  • Cognitive Development in Bilingual Environments

    Kessler, Carolyn (et al.)

    Pages 53-79

  • Immersion Education: Applicability for Nonvernacular Teaching to Vernacular Speakers

    Swain, Merrill

    Pages 81-97

  • Evaluation and Testing in Vernacular Languages

    Oller, John W.

    Pages 99-112

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Issues in International Bilingual Education
Book Subtitle
The Role of the Vernacular
Editors
  • Beverly Hartford
  • Albert Valdman
  • Charles R. Foster
Series Title
Topics in Language and Linguistics
Copyright
1982
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Plenum Press, New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-4235-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-4235-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4684-4237-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
362
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