This book analyses the concept of language allegiances, and, more broadly, language-based identities in a multilingual society such as the US. The guiding theme of the chapters that comprise this volume is the identification of specific beliefs and attitudes towards language, and how these lead to particular actions in the spheres of language ideology, legal litigation, educational agendas, political strategies and cultural identities. The authors share the idea that, whether it is based on reality or a perception of reality, there is a privileged connection between language and identity.
M. Rafael Salaberry (PhD, Cornell University) is Professor of Second Language Acquisition in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (University of Texas-Austin). Prof. Salaberrya 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.
Chapter 1: Language Allegiances - Rafael Salaberry Chapter 2: Language attitudes and linguistic outcomes in Reading, Pennsylvania - Jacqueline Toribio Chapter 3: A Sociolinguistic View of Speech Sciences - Nancy Niedzielski Chapter 4: Linguistic Profiling: The Linguistic Point of View - Dennis R. Preston Chapter 5: The Bilingual's Hoarse Voice: Losing Rights in Two Languages - Sandra Del Valle Chapter 6: Problems with the `language-as-resource' discourse in the promotion of heritage languages in the USA - Thomas Ricento Chapter 7: English Hegemony and the Politics of Ethno-Linguistic Justice in the United States - Ronald Schmidt Chapter 8: Livin' and Teachin' la lengua loca: Glocalizing U.S. Spanish ideologies and practices - Ofelia Garcia Chapter 9: Bilingual education: Assimilation, segregation and integration - Rafael Salaberry