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Adulthoods in Several Languages: Constructions of Self and of Language

  • Charlotte Burck

Abstract

Eighteen of the 24 research participants had moved countries and changed languages, in a variety of circumstances, in their adolescence or adulthood. For several individuals, this move had been their second change of language and/or country. Many of these individuals had moved for education or work opportunities, constructed as choice, while some had moved because of difficult circumstances — for example, escaping occupation or war. A few individuals had found themselves unable to return to their countries of origin for political reasons. In this chapter I examine the meanings given to these changes of language and context, and how individuals constructed themselves in relation to these.

Keywords

Research Participant English Speaker Emotional Expressiveness Core Identity Language Identity 
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© Charlotte Burck 2005

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  • Charlotte Burck

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