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Multilingual Subject

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ISBN-10: 0194424782

ISBN-13: 9780194424783

Edition: 2009

Authors: Claire Kramsch

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By drawing on multiple examples of real-world language learning situations, this book explores the subjective aspects of the language learning experience. The author encourages readers to consider language learning from new, diverse, and unique perspectives. The book analyses data from a variety of sources, including language memoirs, online data from language learners in chat rooms, and text messaging exchanges. In the analysis of this data, the book looks at the relationshipbetween symbolic form and the development of a multilingual subjectivity, links with memory, emotion, and the imagination, and the implications for language teaching pedagogy.
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Book details

List price: $44.30
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Introduction: The subjective dimension of language
Yet another book on the multilingual subject?
Language as symbolic form
Language as symbolic power
The power of the performative
The power of ritual
The power of myth
Symbolic power and subjectivity in language
Perception and desire
Subjectivity, intersubjectivity, subject position
Subject position
Organization of the book
The signifying self
Perception: the neglected dimension in language learning
Perceptual similitude and analogical thinking
From word to thought
Connotation as denotation
The power of analogy
Signs and their meanings in language learners' journals
Signifying practices in fairy tales
Semiotic theory: symbolic models of the self
The signifying self
Serious life of the self
Symbolic self as real self
Cognitive linguistics theory: idealized cognitive models of the self
Blended space theory
Symbolic activity in SLA research
The embodied self
Testimonies from language memoirs
Metaphors by which we learn languages
General observations
Learning a language is like...
Somatic theories of the self
Body and mind
Images and representations
Emotions and feelings
Ecological theories of the self
The missing link: the narratorial self
Understanding the embodied self in language
The subject in process
Testimonies from language memoirs
The absent other
The other as object of desire
Testimonies from linguistic autobiographies
In-process/on trial
Psychoanalytic/semiotic theories of self and other in language
The language of the Other
Remodeling the symbolic order
The political promise of the symbolic
The multilingual social actor
From experiencing language to doing language with others
Reframing the questions
John: The symbolic power of the habitus
The power of ideal cognitive models
Hanif: language as resignifying practice
ESL students: symbolic violence and oppositional tactics
Camila: the power of narrative structure
The power of narrative genre in the construction of the subject
Doing language as a multilingual subject
The multilingual narrator
Exterior and interior landscapes of the heart
No Man's Grove and Learning English
Jocelyn's text
Metamorphoses and reincarnations
Kafka A Report for an Academy
Estella's text
Survivors and tricksters
Kilito Dog Words
Sean's text
The avatars of the multilingual narrator
Brooke-Rose Between
Zoe's text
The virtual self
From personal diary to electronic blog
Three models of language, three modes of subjectivity
From self offline to self online: what has changed?
Multilingual chats online
The intercultural communicator online
Space: presence-absence
Time: reversibility
Reality: from the real to the hyperreal
Who's the real me? Hyperreality and the construction of the online subject
Where's the real me? The thrills and anxieties of the networked self
'Liberated' communication?
The anxieties of the networked self
The future of the multilingual subject online
Teaching the multilingual subject
Expanding the symbolic self
Modeling symbolic action
The critical/reflexive approach
The creative/narrative approach
Developing symbolic competence
Teaching the multilingual subject
Multimodality, multiple perspectives
Teacher subjectivity
Teaching as modeling
The value of repetition
The value of silences