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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Second Language Socialization and Learner Agency
Subtitle: Adoptive Family Talk
Written By: Lyn Fogle
Series Title: Bilingual Education and Bilingualism

This book examines how Russian-speaking adoptees in three US families actively shape opportunities for language learning and identity construction in everyday interactions. By focusing on a different practice in each family (i.e. narrative talk about the day, metalinguistic discourse or languaging, and code-switching), the analyses uncover different types of learner agency and show how language socialization is collaborative and co-constructed. The learners in this study achieve agency through resistance, participation, and negotiation, and the findings demonstrate the complex ways in which novices transform communities in transnational contexts. The perspectives inform the fields of second language acquisition and language maintenance and shift. The book further provides a rare glimpse of the quotidian negotiations of adoptive family life and suggestions for supporting adoptees as young bilinguals.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781847697851
Pages: 216
Prices: U.K. £ 79.95

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781847697844
Pages: 216
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781847697851
Pages: 216
Prices: U.S. $ 139.95

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781847697844
Pages: 216
Prices: U.S. $ 39.95