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Title: Subjectivity in a Second Language
Subtitle: Conveying the Expression of Self
Written By: Alan J. E. Wolf
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&VID=10518
Series Title: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics. Vol. 8

Subjectivity, the speaker's expression of self in discourse, is a
relatively under-researched area in the field of applied linguistics: this
book examines the role of subjectivity in the context of second language
use. Drawing on insights from discourse analysis and pragmatics, it
describes how a group of students studying French at degree level at the
University of Cambridge, England, convey expressions of subjectivity in
personal narratives and argumentative language.

In this book, the author begins by introducing the reader to key areas in
the study of discourse. Using a methodology that has much in common with
descriptive linguistics, he provides a wide-ranging account of how forms in
language are used to convey the expression of subjectivity. His particular
concern is to examine how these markers of subjectivity are used
differently by native and non-native speakers of French. The discussion is
carefully supplemented throughout with a variety of exemplification and
discourse types, including personal narratives in French and English and
transcripts of video-taped interactions in role-plays.

In the course of his analysis, the author questions long-held assumptions
about the way French is taught in secondary schools and in higher education
institutions. The range of issues discussed, as well as the variety of
examples used, will make this a valuable book not only for students of
applied linguistics but also for any reader wishing to gain a deeper
understanding of how the expression of subjectivity can contribute to the
learning of a second language.


The speaker's 'I' in second language and mother-tongue narratives
Subjectivity in the tense aspect system of second language learners'
Reported speech: a 'layering of voices' in oral narratives
The expression of self in argumentative discourse
Learner subjectivity: theory and practice.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3039105183
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 246
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