Bilingualism in Schools and Society: Language, Identity, and by Sarah J. Shin

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This e-book is an creation to the social and academic features of bilingualism. It offers an outline of a huge variety of sociolinguistic and political matters surrounding using languages, together with code-switching in well known track, advertisements, and on-line social areas. It bargains a well-informed dialogue of what it potential to review and dwell with a number of languages in a globalized international and useful suggestion on elevating bilingual children.

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In most of the Outer Circle countries, English has official status in the government’s language policies. For example, English is recognized as a national language along with Hindi in multilingual India where more than 200 languages are spoken. In Singapore, English is one of four official languages (the other three are Mandarin Chinese, Malay, and Tamil). , Nigeria, Zambia). , China, Russia, Brazil, Cuban). English has no official status in these countries and does not normally figure in the day-to-day interaction of the populace.

However, it is increasingly valued as a medium of international communication and taught in schools. 1 The Three Concentric Circles of English Source: Adapted from Kachru, 1985 30 BILINGUALISM IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD A significant portion of the literature on World Englishes deals with the politics of colonization and the linguistic ecology of the former British colonies in the Outer Circle. As Omoniyi & Saxena (2010) argue, those accounts of the spread of English fall within a realm of “sociolinguistics of colonization” and represent disparities in power between the colonizers and the colonized.

Crystal (2006) contends that the Internet is not only a technological revolution but also a social one that is fundamentally altering the way people communicate. He argues that Netspeak, or Internet language, is creating extraordinary opportunities for the expansion and enrichment of human communication. Although globalization and the rise of the Internet offer the world’s inhabitants unprecedented opportunities for creativity and collaboration, it also presents extraordinary challenges to local cultures, languages, and dialects.

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