Bilingual Couples Talk

Bilingual Couples Talk : The discursive construction of hybridity

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This sociolinguistic study of the linguistic practices of bilingual couples describes the conditions, processes and results of private language contact. It is based on a unique corpus of more than 20 hours of private conversations between partners in bilingual marriages. Adding to its breadth of coverage, these private conversations are supplemented with larger public discourses about international couplehood. The volume thus offers a corpus-driven investigation of the ways in which ideologies of gender, nationality and immigration mediate linguistic performances in private cross-cultural communication. The author embraces social-constructionist, feminist and postmodern approaches to second language learning, multilingualism and cross-cultural communication. In contrast to other titles in the field which have focused almost exclusively on the socialization of bilingual children, this book explores what it means to one's sense of self to become socialized into a second language and culture as a late more

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  • Hardback | 326 pages
  • 154.9 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 544.32g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English, German
  • 158811287X
  • 9781588112873

Table of contents

1. Acknowledgements; 2. Transcription; 3. 1. Researching bilingual couple talk: A discourse-analytic approach to language contact; 4. 2. What we know: Bilingual couples in linguistic research; 5. 3. "It needs to be natural": Building a corpus; 6. 4. The couples; 7. 5. "I speak English very well": Linguistic backgrounds; 8. 6. "We speak bilingually": Language choice; 9. 7. "We are citizens of the world": Identity and cross-cultural couplehood; 10. 8. "Talk is essential": Doing couplehood; 11. 9. "The doors of Europe will be open to them": Private language planning; 12. 10. "I'm a hybrid": Hybrid identities, multiple discourses; 13. Notes; 14. References; 15. Couples index; 16. Name and subject indexshow more

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