Sensitivity to Multiple Linguistic and Social Identities Individuals, in general, identify themselves by the language group or groups to which they belong. As we discuss the impact of language and culture on individuals across the life span, we need to pay attention to individuals who have identified themselves as bilingual or multilingual. We need to learn from ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2005
Sensitivity to Multiple Linguistic and Social Identities
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  • Li-Rong Lilly Cheng
    San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
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Article   |   April 01, 2005
Sensitivity to Multiple Linguistic and Social Identities
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2005, Vol. 15, 19-20. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.1.19
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2005, Vol. 15, 19-20. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.1.19
Individuals, in general, identify themselves by the language group or groups to which they belong. As we discuss the impact of language and culture on individuals across the life span, we need to pay attention to individuals who have identified themselves as bilingual or multilingual. We need to learn from their language learning experiences so that we can be prepared to examine each clinical encounter with better preparation and information.
In their early years, many English Language Learners (ELLs) learn English in the school environment, but negotiate their everyday life outside of the school in their home language. In fact, many have parents and grandparents who do not speak or read English at all. In MacNeil and Cran’s (2004)  recent publication entitled, Are you speaking American? there was a description of the phenomenon of Spanglish users. The Spanglish speakers use the two languages (English and Spanish), they code switch, they mix languages, and they understand each other. The authors claimed that standard American English—if a standard exists—is changing rapidly and dramatically.
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