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Current Issues in Bilingualism

Cognitive and Socio-linguistic Perspectives

  • Mark Leikin
  • Mila Schwartz
  • Yishai Tobin
  • Features a multi-dimensional approach toward bilingualism issuer (linguistic/psycholinguistic, socio-linguistic, and neurocognitive approaches)

  • Includes investigation of spoken and written bilingualism

  • Unique focus on biliteracy, tri-literacy and diglossia


Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Language and Literacy in Multilingual Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Elinor Saiegh-Haddad
      Pages 43-55
  3. Academic Achievement of Children Coming from Immigrant Families

  4. Multilingual Acquisition and Processing

About this book


As populations become more mobile, so interest grows in bi- and multilingualism, particularly in the context of education. This volume focuses on the singular situation in Israel, whose complex multiculturalism has Hebrew and Arabic as official languages, English as an academic and political language, and tongues such as Russian and Amharic spoken by immigrants.


Presenting research on bi- and trilingualism in Israel from a multitude of perspectives, the book focuses on four aspects of multilingualism and literacy in Israel: Arabic-Hebrew bilingual education and Arabic literacy development; second-language Hebrew literacy among immigrant children; literacy in English as a second/third language; and adult bilingualism. Chapters dissect findings on immigrant youth education, language impairment in bilinguals, and neurocognitive features of bilingual language processing. Reflecting current trends, this volume integrates linguistics, sociology, education, cognitive science, and neuroscience.


Bi-literacy Bilingual education Bilingualism issuer Diglossia Ethnic minorities Language Processing Language and reading impairment Literacy Literacy and education Multicultural societies Neurocognitive Tri-literacy

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark Leikin
    • 1
  • Mila Schwartz
    • 2
  • Yishai Tobin
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Education, Department of Learning DisabilitiesUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael
  2. 2., Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences,Ben Gurion University of the NegevBe'er ShevaIsrael
  3. 3., Dept. of Foreign Literatures & LinguistiBen-Gurion University of the NegevBe'er ShevaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Current Issues in Bilingualism
  • Book Subtitle Cognitive and Socio-linguistic Perspectives
  • Editors Mark Leikin
    Mila Schwartz
    Yishai Tobin
  • Series Title Literacy Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-2326-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-9928-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-2327-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 266
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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