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It's Been Said Before

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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: Language Learner Narrative
Subtitle: An Exploration of Mündigkeit in Intercultural Literature
Written By: Helen O’Sullivan
Series Title: Textxet. Studies in Comparative Literature 73

Increasing numbers of people have contact with other cultures and languages "Language Learner Narrative" examines representations of this phenomenon in literary texts using an applied linguistic approach. This analysis of written narratives of language learning and cross-cultural encounter complements objective studies in intercultural communication and second language acquisition research.

Kant’s use of the term "Mündigkeit" in his essay “What is Enlightenment?” is used to frame the complex issues of language, identity, meaning and reality presented by the texts. Augmented by Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of linguistic capital, this framing forms a counterpoint to the positioning of these authors as “avatar[s] of poststructuralist wisdom” (Eva Hoffman).

The work includes a uniquely detailed linguistic analysis of Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s "Mutter Zunge", and further texts by other widely studied and less familiar authors (Yoko Tawada, Eva Hoffman, Vassilis Alexakis, Zé Do Rock). It also lists literary sources of language learner narrative.
Through its fundamental examination of what and how language means to us as individuals, this volume will be of wide appeal to students and researchers in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, intercultural communication and literary studies.

Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Ling & Literature
Language Acquisition
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789042037854
Pages: 311
Prices: Europe EURO 65

Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789401210348
Pages: 311
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