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Author Kalmar, Tomás Mario, 1942- author.

Title Illegal alphabets and adult biliteracy : Latino migrants crossing the linguistic border / Tomás Mario Kalmar ; with commentaries by Peter Elbow, Ofelia García, James Paul Gee, Hervé Varenne, Luis Vázquez León, Karen Velasquez
Edition Second expanded edition
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 175 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. No man's land -- I: Lícamente -- II: The death of Leonardo -- III: Doló dasnt protect as -- 2. The Cobden glossaries -- I: Constructing a hybrid alphabet -- II: A kind of algebraic notation -- III: New contexts, new texts, same moves -- IV: A scene of writing: the village hall -- V: The Cobden glossaries -- 3. Some laugh, others frown -- I: "Is this text a joke, or what?" -- II: Cracking the ninth-century code: three scenes of reading -- III: Three ways of reading a Cobden glossary -- IV: Freirean dilemmas -- V: Wallerstein on the case of the Cobden glossaries -- VI: Conclusion -- 4. Making it legal: the social construction of hybrid alphabets -- I: Strictly speaking: emic versus etic -- II: Writing in the no man's land between languages -- III: How to legitimize a hybrid alphabet: three variations on a genre -- Epilogue: a game as old as the alphabet? -- Commentaries -- Opting for the vernacular / Peter Elbow -- Translanguaging and abecedarios ilegales / Ofelia García -- Ways with letters and sounds / James Paul Gee -- The power of the single case / Hervé Varenne -- Ethnomethodology and mestizaje: the Cherán connection / Luis Vázquez León -- Panchaan / Karen Velasquez -- Afterword / Tomás Mario Kalmar
Summary How do ""illegal aliens"" chart the speech sounds of colloquial English? This book is timeless in offering an unusually direct entry into how a group of Mexican fruit pickers analyze their first encounter with local American speech in a tiny rural Midwestern community in the United States. Readers see close up how intelligently migrant workers help each other use what they already know-the alphabetic principle of one letter, one sound-to teach each other, from scratch, at the very first contact, a language which none of them can speak. They see how and why the strategies adult immigrants actua
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-170) and indexes
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Subject Adult education -- United States.
Bilingualism -- United States.
English language -- Alphabet.
English language -- Self-instruction.
English language -- Study and teaching -- Spanish speakers.
English language -- Study and teaching -- United States.
Hispanic Americans -- Education.
Hispanic Americans -- Languages
Languages in contact -- United States.
Adult education.
English language -- Alphabet.
English language -- Study and teaching -- Spanish speakers.
English language -- Study and teaching.
English language.
Hispanic Americans -- Education.
Languages in contact.
United States.
Genre/Form Self-instruction.
Form Electronic book
Author Elbow, Peter, contributor.
García, Ofelia, contributor.
Gee, James Paul, contributor.
León, Luis Vázquez, contributor.
Varenne, Hervé, contributor
Velasquez, Karen, contributor
ISBN 131575312X