Book Announcement: Being Bilingual in Borinquen: Student Voices from the University of Puerto Rico

Being Bilingual in Borinquen: Student Voices from the University of Puerto Rico now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp195, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Being Bilingual in Borinquen: Student Voices from the University of Puerto Rico, edited by Alicia Pousada.

The Spanish-speaking island of Puerto Rico (also known as Borinquen) has had a complex linguistic landscape since 1898, due to the United States’ colonial imposition of English as the language of administration and education. Even after 1948, when Puerto Rico was finally permitted to hold its own gubernatorial elections and determine its own language policies, controversy regarding how best to achieve bilingualism continued. Despite many studies of the language dynamic of the island, the voices of the people who actually live there have been muted.

This volume opens with a basic introduction to bilingualism, with special reference to Puerto Rico. It then showcases twenty-five engaging personal histories written by Puerto Rican language professionals which reveal how they became bilingual, the obstacles faced, the benefits accrued, and the linguistic and cultural future they envision for themselves and their children. The closing chapter analyzes the commonalities of their richly detailed stories as well as the variability of their bilingual life experiences in order to inform a more nuanced language policy for Puerto Rico. The linguistic autobiographies will resonate with bilinguals of all kinds in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, as well as those in other countries. The main message that emerges from the book is that there are many routes to multilingualism, and one-size-fits-all language policies are doomed to miss their mark.

To read a full summary of the book and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following link:

All Cambridge Scholars authors and contributors are entitled to a 40% discount on this title, to claim this simply enter the author discount code on the My Order page after adding the book to your basket from the link above. For further information about the author discount, please contact

Being Bilingual in Borinquen: Student Voices from the University of Puerto Rico can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. An e-book version will be available for purchase through the Google Play store in due course.

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About the Editor

Alicia Pousada is Professor of Linguistics in the English Department of the College of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, teaching courses on bilingualism, language and culture, language birth and death, and language and gender, among others. She has carried out sociolinguistic research in the Puerto Rican communities of North Philadelphia and East Harlem, USA, taught linguistics and language pedagogy, served as a bilingual program evaluator, and worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor. Her publications and presentations focus on the areas of language policy and planning, multilingualism, and the teaching of English as an auxiliary language worldwide.

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