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LINGUIST List 18.3349

Tue Nov 13 2007

Books: Sociolinguistics: Koven

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Selves in Two Languages: Koven


Message 1: Selves in Two Languages: Koven
Date: 12-Nov-2007
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Selves in Two Languages: Koven
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Title: Selves in Two Languages
Subtitle: Bilinguals' verbal enactments of identity in French and Portuguese
Series Title: Studies in Bilingualism 34
Published: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiBil%2034

Author: Michèle Koven
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027241450 Pages: 342 Price: Europe EURO 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027241450 Pages: 342 Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

Bilinguals often report that they feel like a different person in their two
languages. In the words of one bilingual in Koven's book, "When I speak
Portuguese, automatically, I'm in a different world... it's a different
color." Although testimonials like this abound in everyday conversation
among bilinguals, there has been scant systematic investigation of this
intriguing phenomenon. Focusing on French-Portuguese bilinguals, the adult
children of Portuguese migrants in France, this book provides an
empirically grounded, theoretical account of how the same speakers enact,
experience, and are perceived by others to have different identities in
their two languages. This book explores bilinguals' experiences and
expressions of identity in multicultural, multilingual contexts. It is
distinctive in its integration of multiple levels of analysis to address
the relationships between language and identity. Koven links detailed
attention to discourse form, to participants' multiple interpretations how
such forms become signs of identity, and to the broader
macrosociolinguistic contexts that structure participants' access to those
signs. The study of how bilinguals perform and experience different
identities in their two languages sheds light on the more general role of
linguistic and cultural forms in local experiences and expressions of
identity.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)
                            Portuguese (por)

Written In: English (eng )

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