Bilingualism: The Sociopragmatic-Psycholinguistic Interface by Joel Walters

By Joel Walters

Long ago 30 years, the learn of bilingualism processing has been performed independently by means of fields, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. This quantity merges those fields, addressing one of many tricky difficulties dividing researchers in bilingualism, conceptually in addition to methodologically. Joel Walters proposes a brand new method of bilingualism processing--the Sociopragmatic-Psycholinguistic (SPPL) Model--which offers language as a social phenomenon. the writer accomplishes this by means of picking and organizing facts from quite a lot of linguistic disciplines, merging sociopragmatics, discourse research, and ethnography with social cognition, psycholinguistics, and neuroscience. by way of extension, the writer deals convincing causes of ways comparable fields can take advantage of a accomplished bilingual processing version. hence, Joel Walters gives you a well-organized, complete version that's idea via at each point. This ebook appeals to graduate scholars, students within the fields of linguistics, bilingualism, moment language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics. it's priceless to researchers for its comprehensiveness and methodological acumen and should be acceptable as a supplementary textbook for graduate-level classes in bilingualism or for seminars on comparable issues.

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2 Francis (2000:14) cuts up the pie differently. In her response to Pavlenko (1999), she distinguishes within-subject studies of bilinguals from crosslinguistic/cross-cultural studies of monolinguals and studies that compare bilinguals with monolinguals of LI and L2. 3 See, for example, Sieratzki & Woll's (1998) work on spinal muscular atrophy children. 4 Some of the issues and parts of the model presented in this work were introduced at the 1999 Veldhoven Conference on Language Maintenance and Loss, at the International Conference on Linguistics in Athens (2001), and in the proceedings published following those meetings (Walters, 2001, in press).

A PHENOMENOLOGICAL ARGUMENT One argument in favor of a distinct model of bilingual processing is the need to account for the unique aspects of bilingualism. It was demonstrated above that in bilingualism, sociopragmatic and psycholinguistic aspects of language processing come together in ways that they do not exhibit in monolingual language use. Codeswitching involves uniquely bilingual aspects of identity and context as well as formulation and articulation. Style and register shifting do not cross these lines.

Processing terms of a more abstract nature include Goffrnan's notion of footing, formulaicness, and Turner's liminality. Structure and function in bilingual processing. g. NPs, clauses, deictics, discourse markers) may be abstract constructs, within the discipline they have accepted meanings. g. priming, pro­ active interference). g. ethnicity, role, status, have solid roots in sociology. Across disciplines, however, the notion of structure is not the same. "9 Similarly, the functions of NPs in a sentence, speech act functions, the functional architecture of a psycholinguistic processing model, and the functions of bilingual Bilingual Phenomena 23 codeswitching do not share a common meaning.

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