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The Multilingual Subject : Oxford Applied Linguistics - Claire Kramsch

The Multilingual Subject

Oxford Applied Linguistics

Paperback Published: 17th December 2009
ISBN: 9780194424783
Number Of Pages: 248

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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 relationship between symbolic form and the development of a multilingual subjectivity; links with memory, emotion, and the imagination; and the implications for language teaching pedagogy.

Industry Reviews

Kramsch vividly demonstrates how multilingual subjects deploy symbolic forms to craft the self and to construct subjective realities. * Houxiang Li, Applied Linguistics *
the book offers some rich and insightful examples of the multilingual condition. The literary extracts are well chosen and interestingly analysed. The student extracts and interactions are similarly interesting in themselves. * Alan Maley, ELT Journal *

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: The subjective dimension of languagep. 1
Yet another book on the multilingual subject?p. 2
Language as symbolic formp. 6
Language as symbolic powerp. 8
The power of the performativep. 8
The power of ritualp. 9
The power of mythp. 10
Symbolic power and subjectivity in languagep. 13
Perception and desirep. 14
Subjectivity, intersubjectivity, subject positionp. 16
Subjectivityp. 16
Intersubjectivityp. 18
Subject positionp. 20
Organization of the bookp. 22
The signifying selfp. 26
Perception: the neglected dimension in language learningp. 27
Perceptual similitude and analogical thinkingp. 30
From word to thoughtp. 31
Connotation as denotationp. 32
The power of analogyp. 34
Signs and their meanings in language learners' journalsp. 36
Signifying practices in fairy talesp. 38
Semiotic theory: symbolic models of the selfp. 40
The signifying selfp. 41
Serious life of the selfp. 43
Symbolic self as real selfp. 44
Cognitive linguistics theory: idealized cognitive models of the selfp. 45
Blended space theoryp. 47
Symbolic activity in SLA researchp. 50
The embodied selfp. 53
Testimonies from language memoirsp. 53
Metaphors by which we learn languagesp. 57
General observationsp. 58
Learning a language is like...p. 60
Somatic theories of the selfp. 66
Body and mindp. 66
Images and representationsp. 67
Emotions and feelingsp. 68
Ecological theories of the selfp. 70
The missing link: the narratorial selfp. 73
Understanding the embodied self in languagep. 74
The subject in processp. 78
Testimonies from language memoirsp. 78
The absent otherp. 78
The other as object of desirep. 83
Testimonies from linguistic autobiographiesp. 85
Alienation/separationp. 85
Desirep. 88
In-process/on trialp. 90
Psychoanalytic/semiotic theories of self and other in languagep. 94
The language of the Otherp. 94
Subject-in-processp. 96
Remodeling the symbolic orderp. 98
The political promise of the symbolicp. 100
The multilingual social actorp. 103
From experiencing language to doing language with othersp. 103
Reframing the questionsp. 111
John: The symbolic power of the habitusp. 112
The power of ideal cognitive modelsp. 113
Hanif: language as resignifying practicep. 115
ESL students: symbolic violence and oppositional tacticsp. 117
Camila: the power of narrative structurep. 119
The power of narrative genre in the construction of the subjectp. 122
Doing language as a multilingual subjectp. 124
The multilingual narratorp. 127
Exterior and interior landscapes of the heartp. 129
No Man's Grove and Learning Englishp. 129
Jocelyn's textp. 131
Metamorphoses and reincarnationsp. 134
Kafka A Report for an Academyp. 134
Estella's textp. 136
Survivors and trickstersp. 139
Kilito Dog Wordsp. 139
Sean's textp. 140
The avatars of the multilingual narratorp. 142
Brooke-Rose Betweenp. 142
Zoe's textp. 144
Discussionp. 148
The virtual selfp. 154
From personal diary to electronic blogp. 154
Three models of language, three modes of subjectivityp. 155
From self offline to self online: what has changed?p. 157
Multilingual chats onlinep. 160
The intercultural communicator onlinep. 166
Space: presence-absencep. 173
Time: reversibilityp. 173
Reality: from the real to the hyperrealp. 174
Who's the real me? Hyperreality and the construction of the online subjectp. 175
Where's the real me? The thrills and anxieties of the networked selfp. 177
'Liberated' communication?p. 178
The anxieties of the networked selfp. 180
The future of the multilingual subject onlinep. 183
Teaching the multilingual subjectp. 188
Expanding the symbolic selfp. 188
Modeling symbolic actionp. 191
The critical/reflexive approachp. 192
The creative/narrative approachp. 195
Developing symbolic competencep. 199
Teaching the multilingual subjectp. 202
Pacep. 202
Rhythmp. 202
Multimodality, multiple perspectivesp. 203
Translationp. 204
Engagementp. 205
Desirep. 206
Transgressionp. 207
Pleasurep. 207
Teacher subjectivityp. 208
Teaching as modelingp. 209
The value of repetitionp. 209
The value of silencesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 212
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780194424783
ISBN-10: 0194424782
Series: Oxford Applied Linguistics
Audience: English as a Second Language (ESL)
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 17th December 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.39