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Title: The Multiple Realities of Multilingualism
Subtitle: Personal Narratives and Researchers’ Perspectives
Edited By: Elka Todeva
Jasone Cenoz
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110224474-1
Series Title: Trends in Applied Linguistics 3
Description:

This book is the very first collection of first-person language learning
narratives that offers rich introspective data on the various processes and
forces shaping the development and maintenance of multiple languages (seven
and more) in a single individual. The writers are twelve multilinguals who
have been influenced by quite different contextual factors and who have
learned a wide range and combination of dialects and languages from both
similar and very different linguistic families. The combinations explored
in the narratives include some lesser-known languages that come from
under-researched areas, such as the African continent, certain parts of
Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

Also unique are two theoretical chapters which analyze the narrative data
against the background of language development research findings within
several thematic areas: multiple language learning as a complex dynamic
system; the influence of bilingualism/multilingualism on the acquisition of
additional languages; cross-linguistic influence; and also emotions,
motivation, and identity. The aim of this juxtaposition and analysis is to
allow a meaningful comparison of the extent to which etic,
researcher-generated, and emic, learner-offered perspectives match or
diverge, and to identify new questions that the emic data may add to
research agendas. The book is an excellent resource not only for
researchers but also for teachers as well as for students of language at
the graduate and undergraduate level.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Psycholinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110224474
Pages: 302
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95

 
 
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ISBN-13: 9783110224481
Pages: 302
Prices: Europe EURO 111.00