The Psychology of Multilingualism: Concepts, Theories and Application
Multilingualism, including bilingualism, has become internationally important today because of the increasing interdependence between countries, regions and continents, and because of increasing concern with preserving linguistic and cultural diversity.
This book is a comprehensive introduction to research on multilingualism. Although psychological aspects predominate, it provides a multidisciplinary perspective on the individual and societal consequences of multilingualism, bringing together insights from linguistics, pedagogy, cognitive neuroscience, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics. The book underlines the normality of speaking and using more than one language, and serves to dispel many myths and fears in this regard.
Besides theoretical issues, it also provides recommendations on how to promote multilingualism in children from a dominant language group, and how to maintain all languages of students from ethnic communities by means of education.
Lajos Göncz is Professor of Psychology at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. He is a member of the Vojvodina Academy of Sciences and Arts, Serbia, and his research focuses on minority studies, especially in terms of the psychological consequences of multilingualism and multiculturalism. He is the author of four books and several articles, in which he detailed the results of a wide range of investigations, and he has contributed extensively to the field of psychology of bilingualism.
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