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Séminaire doctoral - Pratiques langagières - terrains, méthodes, théories
Animé par I. Léglise et V. Muni Toke
Villejuif - Bât.D - S.511 - 14h00-18h00

Brigitta Busch (Wien University)
The language repertoire as a heteroglossic and chronotopic structure

In this presentation I will focus on the concept of Spracherleben, the lived experience of language, in a contribution to the ongoing debate about the conceptualization of linguistic repertoire in the context of mobility and migration. I will discusses three perspectives on repertoire. The first is concerned with how we interact linguistically and socially, drawing on interactional and anthropological approaches. The second looks at how we are constituted as speaking subjects by historical/political discourses, drawing on poststructuralism. The third is inspired by phenomenology, addresses the lived experience of language, and investigates the bodily/emotional prerequisites for speaking and experiencing of language. All three contribute to our understanding of repertoire, but in linguistics, the third remains under-researched. The paper elaborates on how a phenomenological view of the lived experience of language helps us to understand the discomfort or confusion that ensues if one suddenly finds oneself in an unknown sociolinguistic space.