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Title: Language Practices and Identity Construction by Multilingual Speakers of French L2
Subtitle: The Acquisition of Sociostylistic Variation
Edited By: Vera Regan
Caitríona Ní Chasaide
Series Title: Modern French Identities. Vol. 80

This book presents six new studies on identity construction in the speech
of older adolescents and young adults learning French. It takes a
sociolinguistic approach to acquisition. First language sociolinguistic
research has shown that identity construction is particularly intense
during adolescence and young adulthood, and language use has been found to
be an especially key resource in this dynamic construction. The
contributors examine the language practices of L2, L3 and L4 speakers in
multilingual and multicultural societies in Ireland, Canada, Belgium and
France in order to demonstrate their use in identity construction. Several
contexts of language acquisition for multilingual speakers are examined and
compared, including formal and naturalistic settings for acquisition and
learning. The book also investigates the speech of learners at
upper-intermediate and advanced stages of acquisition of French to provide
a holistic view of the way individuals use the language resources available
to them to stake a claim to a new multilingual identity in their target
language networks. The papers in this book combine qualitative and
quantitative data on French speech and the context in which it occurs to
provide detailed pictures of the co-construction of identity and complex
speech patterns by multilingual speakers of French.


Vera Regan/Caitríona Ní Chasaide: Language and identity construction:
Sociolinguistic variation - Françoise Mougeon/Katherine Rehner: Identity
and nativelikeness in bilingual FSL learners - Terry Nadasdi/Raymond
Mougeon/Katherine Rehner: Formal in, formal out: The impact of classroom
input on the acquisition of sociolinguistic competence - Caitríona Ní
Chasaide/Vera Regan: Irish adolescents, three languages and identity
construction: Finding a voice in French - Hélène Blondeau: Bilingual
language practices and identity construction: A generation of Anglophones
in Montreal and its linguistic repertoire - Isabelle Lemée/Vera Regan:
Gender, identity and context in French L2 acquisition: The year abroad -
Jean-Marc Dewaele: The perception of French by native speakers and advanced
L2, L3 and L4 learners - Vera Regan/Niamh Nestor: French Poles, language
and identity: An intergenerational snapshot.

The Editors:

Vera Regan, Chevalier de l'ordre des palmes académiques, is Associate
Professor of Sociolinguistics, in French and Francophone Studies at
University College Dublin. She publishes on sociolinguistics and second
language acquisition, acquistion of sociolinguistic competence, French L2,
variation in French including French-Canadian forms. She is former
President of EUROSLA (European Association for Second Language Research)
and President of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland.

Caitríona Ní Chasaide is a Programme Specialist in Tipperary Institute
where she has lectured in French and Irish since the inception of the
Institute. She researches second and third language acquisition of Irish
and French, and sociolinguistic variation in French and Irish in the French
Department at University College Dublin.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783039115693
Pages: 189
Prices: U.S. $ 48.95
U.K. £ 28.00
Europe EURO 31.10