The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism

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Wei Li, Li Wei, Melissa G. Moyer
Wiley, Jun 3, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 403 pages

As globalization has increased awareness of the extent of language contact and linguistic diversity, questions concerning bilingualism and multilingualism have taken on an increasing importance from both practical and scholarly points of view. Written by leading experts and practitioners in the field, The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism:

  • Highlights the interdisciplinary nature of research on bilingualism and multilingualism and offers a practical guide to the procedures and tools for collecting and analyzing data
  • Specifically addresses methodological issues, discussing research topics, core concepts and approaches, and the methods and techniques available
  • Links theory to method, and to data, and answers a real need for a know-how volume on bilingualism and multilingualism that deals with its methodology in a systematic and coherent way

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Very comprehensive and very good summary of each methodology. For researchers who are new into this field, it is a must read before conducting any research in order to understand the strength and pitfalls of each method and to design a suitable method of your own. Also, I use it as a checklist and thought process to go through each step when designing the methodology for my research in multilingualism. 

Contents

Research Perspectives on Bilingualism and Multilingualism
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List of Figures
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Linking Theory Method and Data
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Li Wei is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck, University of London. He is editor of the International Journal of Bilingualism and author/editor of numerous books and articles, including Three Generations, Two Languages, One Family (1994), The Bilingualism Reader (2000), and The Handbook of Multilingualism and Multilingual Communication (2007, with Peter Auer).

Melissa G. Moyer is Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her current research and publications are concerned with migration and the management of multilingualism. She is author of the award winning book La cárcel de las palabras: Ensayo sobre el lenguaje y la desigualdad social (1988, with J. M. de Miguel).

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