Language, Identity, and Choice

Language, Identity, and Choice : Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society

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Language, Identity and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society provides scholarly insight into how foreign language acquisition influences an individual's understanding of identity within the African American family. Rooted in sociolinguistic, communication, and bilingual theoretical perspectives, Kami J. Anderson describes how foreign language acquisition, development, and use shape how Africans and African Americans describe and proscribe their identity and, in turn, the identity of the family. Language, Identiy, and Choice looks specifically at how family language choices, in particular choosing to be bilingual, affect family communication and perception of identity from people outside of the family. Anderson combines both extensive research and her personal experience of being bilingual to challenge the existing notions of what it means to be Black when personal experiences with race and ethnicity extend beyond the boundaries of the native country or more

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  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 161.54 x 233.68 x 13.97mm | 317.51g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739193619
  • 9780739193617

About Kami J. Anderson

Kami Anderson is associate professor in the Department of Digital Writing and Media Arts and the assistant director of the Marietta campus for the Undergraduate Honors Program for the Honors College at Kennesaw State more

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Language, Identity, and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society offers, through vibrant personal reflections and scholarly research, a valuable treatise on the promotion of second language and trans-cultural studies among African Americans. Those wishing to engender in their children and in their communities the positive benefits of bilingualism and intercultural literacy will find this text informative and entertaining. -- James J. Davis, Howard Universityshow more

Table of contents

1.African American Collective Identity and Language: A Cultural Chasm 1 2.Hip Hop, Post-soul and Language: A Generational Shift in Language and Identity 13 3.The Product is My Standpoint: A Personal Reflection 25 4.Teaching Family Ideology and Family Identity 33 5.Communicating Identity as a Family 49 6.Defining African American Bilingual Family Ideology: A Family Reflection 59 7.Our Black is Noir and Negro 70 8.Look Mami! El Fish es Over Ya! - Raising a Bilingual/Bicultural Child in a Monolingual Context: A Family Reflection 87 9.Through Generations: The Linguistic Legacy of Identity 101 10.Conclusion 110 Next steps : A Family Reflectionshow more