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Séminaire doctoral - Pratiques langagières - terrains, méthodes, théories
Judith Purkarthofer, MultiLing, University of Oslo
Language portraits are situated within speaker-centered biographical research, drawing on the concept of heteroglossia (drawing on Bakhtin 1981, Busch 2012). They aim to understand the dynamic linguistic repertoire of multilingual speakers as it relates to a diversity of modes of expressions, coming from several languages and constructing language practices in negotiation with the communities of interaction. Emotions and experiences are among the first memories of language acquisition and add to the potential subject positions of speakers (cf. Kristeva 1988, see Kramsch 2009). Individual speakers may feel confident or vulnerable in their heteroglossic environments, depending on their resources and strategies of resilience but also dependent on the language regimes they encounter. Biographic experience, individual's language learning and use and societal discourses contribute to expectations, motivations and intentions of speakers – these come into play w hen nego tiating language policy or evaluating success according to the set (explicit or rather unconscious) goals.