Books of interest

Multilinguals are …?

by Madelena Cruz-Ferreira

This is quite a short book (89 pages) that sets out the common myths or widely held views about multilingualism. The author then uses her specialist knowledge of the field to poke fun and those that are without foundation.

For those who are interested in more depth, it is a bit frustrating that she doesn’t give all of the evidence based on the scientific research – but even I must admit that to do so would make the book much less accessible and less fun. The book does not contain practical advice for parents but it will help anyone who is facing a battle convincing others around them (e.g. grandparents, wider families etc) that raising children bilingually is a good idea. It is certainly interesting and is an easy to read introduction to some of the common misconceptions and frequently repeated old wives’ tales about this subject.