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Bilingualism

Fall/Winter 2019-2020​ | Volume XIX, Number 2

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by June Carolyn Erlick

Cruzando My Own River: Bilingual Borders

What Two Can Do

What Two Can Do

English + Español
The majority of the world’s population speaks more than one language. That means, normally, that people communicate through two or more codes to construct complex world views…

Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders

Eleven-year-old Tito was summoned to his school principal’s office in Tepanco de López, Mexico. He was not in trouble, at least not in a disciplining sense. He was summoned because we wanted…

Indigenous Languages: Mexico and Central America

Two Wixaritari Communities

Two Wixaritari Communities

English + Español
I first arrived in the wixárika (huichol) zone north of Jalisco, Mexico, in 1998. The communities didn’t have electricity then, and it was really hard to get there because the roads were simply…

Weaving Lessons

Weaving Lessons

English + Español
Alonso’s mother is hovering over me. Occasionally she takes over, showing by example, counting out each thread, “p’ej” (one), then “cheb… oxeb…” I want to see the whole pattern laid out before…

On Being Bilingual

On Being Bilingual

In urban classrooms throughout Mexico, migrant and resident indigenous students with a heritage of several indigenous languages sit side-by-side with children who speak only Spanish. Multicultural classrooms can include children from different ethnic groups such as…

Indigenous Languages: The Andes

Studying the Languages of the Andes

Studying the Languages of the Andes

As a young student, I was quite determined to do research in South America. (I am not sure why, but it may have to do with the fact that I was born in the mining region of Bolivia, where my father…

Quechua-Spanish Bilinguals

Quechua-Spanish Bilinguals

English + Español
Quechua, a 1000-year-old indigenous language, is an official language of Peru. One out of every nine Peruvians speaks the language. In the rural areas, the figure soars to six out of every ten…

Indigenous Movements in Ecuador

Indigenous Movements in Ecuador

English + Español
In October of 2019, Ecuador was thrust into the international spotlight. For nearly two weeks, a multitude of protesters in the capital of Quito demanded that President Lenín Moreno repeal…

The Bilingual Way

Bilingualism in Perú

Bilingualism in Perú

“What does Gloriosky mean?” Mateo asked me. Gloriosky? How do I explain a term typically used in older vaudeville Broadway shows and movies? How do I contextualize this for a Peruvian student with zero reference to this type of genre? These are the kinds of questions that…

Are you a real bilingual?

Are you a real bilingual?

In Colombia, it is cool to be bilingual today. However, not all bilinguals are equal. If you are bilingual in English and Spanish, this is considered very positive. But, if you are bilingual in Spanish and an indigenous language, such as Nasa Yuwe, your bilingualism is…

Book Talk

Ghosts of Sheridan Circle

Ghosts of Sheridan Circle

Targeted killing of political enemies—assassinations—is thankfully rare in the United States. The most famous such assassination occurred in Washington, DC. And it was committed by a close ally of the United States. In September 1976, Chile’s Pinochet dictatorship…

Bilingualism Colloquium

This is the full recording of the 2020 Bilingualism Colloquium organized by ReVista.  The authors’ individual presentations are now available for viewing at the end of their respective articles.