Bilingual Women: Anthropological Approaches to Second Language Use
Director of Cross-Cultural Research on Women at Oxford Shirley Ardener, Pauline Burton, Ketaki Kushari Dyson, Shirley Ardener
Berg Publishers, Mar 10, 1994 - Education - 198 pages
This book studies women's language use in bilingual or multi-lingual cultural situations. The authors - social anthropologists, language teachers, and interpreters cover a wide variety of geographical and linguistic situations, from the death of Gaelic in the Outer Hebrides, to the use of Spanish by Quechua and Aymara women in the Andes. Certain common themes emerge: dominant and sub-dominant languages, women's use of them; ambivalent attitudes towards women as translators, interpreters and writers in English as a second language; and the critical role of women in the survival (or death) of minority languages such as Gaelic and Breton.