Translating Lives: Living With Two Languages and Cultures

Translating Lives: Living With Two Languages and Cultures

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Recounting the personal experiences of 12 bilingual Australians, this immensely moving collection of stories shows how immersion in two overlapping cultures affects one's perspectives on the world and relationships with other people. Including contributions from Kim Scott and Eva Sallis, these stories--childhood recollections, migrant experiences, journeys of self-discovery, and accounts of feeling culturally torn or undefined--demonstrate the intrinsic links between language, culture, and identity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 154 x 229 x 15mm | 270g
  • St Lucia, Australia
  • English
  • 0702236039
  • 9780702236037
  • 430,676

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"Translating Lives is a book of revelations. It is a journey through an Australia composed of a multiplicity of languages . . . Through embracing, nurturing and retrieving its many languages and linguistic hybrids, Australia can be re-imagined and transformed into a nation of countless dreamings." --Arnold Zable, author, Scraps of Heaven
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About Mary Besemeres

Mary Besemeres is a research fellow at Curtin University of Technology in western Australia. She is the author of Translating One's Self: Language and Selfhood in Cross-Cultural Autobiography. Anna Wierzbicka is a professor of linguistics at the Australian National University. She is the author of Emotions Across Languages and Cultures, English: Meaning and Culture, and Understanding Cultures Through Their Key Words.
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4 55% (6)
3 18% (2)
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