The symposium focuses on the analysis of linguistic, psycholinguistic, cultural and sociopolitical aspects of bilingualism in the U.S., said Rafael Salaberry, an associate professor of Spanish linguistics and second language acquisition. The speakers will discuss psycholinguistic processing in bilinguals, switching from one language to another within the same conversation, the role of bilingual programs in schools, testing bilingual proficiency, linguistic changes in Spanish dialects of the U.S. and the relevance of language legislation in the U.S. The speakers are Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, an associate professor in the departments of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at Pennsylvania State University; Margaret Deuchar, a reader in linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, U.K.; and Carmen Silva-Corvalán, a professor of Spanish and linguistics in the department of Spanish and Portuguese and in the department of linguistics at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. The daylong symposium begins at 9 a.m. in the Kyle Morrow Room at Fondren Library. Another issue is whether bilingual programs in schools are an effective tool for children. Bilingual programs are sometimes embraced or rejected and are treated as if all of them are similar in scope. AddThis FUTURE OF U.S. BILINGUALISM WILL BE DISCUSSED AT FEB. 7 SYMPOSIUM AT RICE UNIVERSITYA symposium discussing the future of Spanish-English bilingualism in the United States will take place on Feb. 7 at Rice University. ShareCONTACT: Ellen Chang PHONE: (713) 348-6777 EMAIL: [email protected] The speakers and researchers hope the symposium will help dispel many inaccurate myths about bilingualism, said he said. For many years, it was believed that bilingualism could confuse a child when they are learning two languages at the same time. As a result, many American immigrants were advised to use only English at home, even if they did not speak it well. For more information about the symposium, go to http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~rafaels/bilingualismSPRING2004.html.# # # “Since Houston has one of the largest Hispanic communities in the country, we would like the community to be aware of the most current research findings and the latest ideas about bilingualism,” Salaberry said. Rice University is consistently ranked one of America’s best teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,850 undergraduates and 1,950 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for each place in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 5-to-1, and the fifth largest endowment per student among American universities; residential college system, which builds communities that are both close-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines, integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduate work. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and on America’s South Coast.