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Infoling 4.1 (2023)
Título:The Mysteries of Bilingualism: Unresolved Issues
Autor/a:Grosjean, François
Año de publicación:2022
Lugar de edición:Estados Unidos

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The majority of people living around the world today are able to speak more than one language, yet many aspects of the nature and experience of bilingualism raise unresolved questions for researchers. Who exactly is bilingual? What is the extent of bilingualism? How do infant bilinguals who acquire two languages at the same time manage to separate them?  Does language processing work differently when bilinguals are interacting with monolinguals and with bilinguals? When a speaker changes their language, do they also change aspects of their personality?


In The Mysteries of Bilingualism, François Grosjean provides a comprehensive examination of individual bilingualism that delves into unanswered questions and challenges many of the myths and misconceptions surrounding bilingualism. Through insightful analyses of eleven key questions, this book offers a unique combination of personal reflection, literature review, personal testimony, and case studies to explore these mysteries. Altogether, this text offers:

  • Comprehensive explorations of the linguistic aspects of bilingualism, including who is bilingual, describing bilinguals, accented speech, and language loss.
  • Practical discussions of speech and language processing, including language choice and mixed speech perception and production.
  • In-depth examinations of personality and culture in relation to bilingualism and biculturalism.

Perfect for undergraduate and graduate students of bilingualism, multilingualism, second language acquisition, and applied linguistics, The Mysteries of Bilingualism offers an up-to-date view of the leading research questions in the study of bilingualism today.


About the author


François Grosjean is Professor Emeritus at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He is the author or co-author of many books on bilingualism, including The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism (Wiley Blackwell, 2012; with Ping Li) and The Listening Bilingual: Speech Perception, Comprehension and Bilingualism (Wiley Blackwell, 2018; with Krista Byers-Heinlein). He is also the founder of the popular Psychology Today blog ‘Life as a Bilingual’.

Temática:Análisis del discurso, Antropología lingüística, Lingüística cognitiva, Pragmática, Psicolingüística, Semántica, Traducción



Part I Bilingual Adults and Children


1 Who Is Bilingual? 

Definitions and Their Evolution

Describing Bilinguals 


2 How Many Bilinguals Are There? 

The Extent of Bilingualism 

On the Difficulties of Counting People Who Are Bilingual 

The Proportion of Bilinguals in a Number of Countries 

Estimating the Percentage of Bilinguals in the World 


3 Bilingual Infants’ Journey to Language Separation 

Perception Studies 

Taking Pragmatics into Account

A Brief Account of Language Separation


Part II Linguistics and Neurolinguistics 


4 Having an Accent in One of Your Languages 

General Aspects 

The Phonetic Characteristics of Accents 

How Well Is Accented Speech Understood? 

Factors that Affect the Degree of a Foreign Accent 

Accent in a Third Language 


5 Language Loss in Adults and Children

Language Loss in Adults 

Language Loss in Young Children 


6 Brain Injury and Bilingualism 

A Personal Testimony 

Language Impairment and Recovery in Bilingual Aphasia 

Factors that Account for Impairment and Recovery 

A Recent Meta-Analysis 

Language Mixing and Aphasia 


Part III Language Use and Language Processing 


7 The Bilingual’s Languages in Interaction 

Choosing the Language of the Interaction 

What Role for the Other Language? 

Experimental Work on Language Mixing 

The Language Mode Concept 


8 What a Bilingual’s Languages Are Used For 

What Past Research Has Revealed 

Recent Interest in Bilingual Language Use 

Measuring Bilingual Language Use 

Impact of Bilingual Language Use 


9 Is Language Processing in Bilinguals Selective or Non-selective? 

Language Perception and Comprehension 

Spoken Language Production 


Part IV Biculturalism and Personality 


10 Bilinguals Who Are also Bicultural 

Describing Biculturals 

Becoming Bicultural and the Evolution of Biculturalism over Time 

Acting Biculturally 

Bicultural Identity 


11 Change of Language, Change of Personality? 

Opinions and Beliefs 

Pioneering Research on the Question 

Feeling Different When Using Different Languages 

Is a Change of Personality Involved When Changing Languages? 

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Fecha de publicación en Infoling:2 de abril de 2023