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Language (Auto)biographies: Narrating Multilingual Selves

Patrick Stevenson and Jenny Carl

in Language and Social Change in Central Europe

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748635986
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671472 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635986.003.0005
Language (Auto)biographies: Narrating Multilingual Selves

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Chapters 5 and 6 draw on the same corpus of material (individual interviews with German-speakers in Hungary and the Czech Republic) but in different ways and for different purposes. In this chapter, the authors look closely at ways in which narrators make experiences with language an organizing/ structural element in their life stories: what is it about ‘my’ encounters with different languages – their evaluations, the times and places associated with their use, their possibilities and limitations/ constraints – that have made my ‘life’ what it (in my estimation) is or has become, as opposed to what it might have been?

Keywords: Biographical interviews; Language biographies; Life stories; Hungary; Czech Republic; German language; German-speakers

Chapter.  16853 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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