Bilingual couples talk: the discursive construction of by Ingrid Piller

By Ingrid Piller

This sociolinguistic examine of the linguistic practices of bilingual describes the stipulations, procedures and result of inner most language touch. it truly is in line with a special corpus of greater than 20 hours of non-public conversations among companions in bilingual marriages. including to its breadth of assurance, those deepest conversations are supplemented with better public discourses approximately overseas couplehood. the quantity therefore deals a corpus-driven research of the ways that ideologies of gender, nationality and immigration mediate linguistic performances in inner most cross-cultural verbal exchange. the writer embraces social-constructionist, feminist and postmodern techniques to moment language studying, multilingualism and cross-cultural communique. not like different titles within the box that have centred virtually completely at the socialization of bilingual young children, this booklet explores what it ability to one's feel of self to turn into socialized right into a moment language and tradition as a overdue bilingual.

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Two illuminating autobiographical testimonies from partners in a bilingual relationship come from Fries (1998) and Finton (1996). Fries recounts her experiences as an American woman married to a Frenchman living in France as part of a larger collection on Americans in Europe (Varro & Boyd 1998a). Her main concern is her children’s bilingualism in English and French, which did not quite turn out the way she had desired it. 13 (31) What we know proficient balanced bilinguals,” who would be a combination of two monolinguals and indistinguishable from either native speakers of French or native speakers of English.

Other work on conversation in heterosexual relationships has found very similar patterns. Victoria DeFrancisco (1989, 1991), for instance, undertook very similar research in which seven white American couples participated. In addition to placing a tape recorder in their homes for a week to ten days, DeFrancisco also conducted follow-up interviews with her participants in which she re-played excerpts of their conversations to the partners (individually) and asked them to comment as to what they liked or disliked about a particular conversational moment.

Thus, “bilingual couples” will experience their bilingualism quite differently depending on the sociolinguistic context in which they find themselves – contexts which may attach low symbolic value to one linguistic combination and high symbolic value to another combination.  Conversation-analytic studies of couple talk In this section, I will briefly turn away from bilingual couples to research into monolingual couple talk. When I first started to think about researching bilingual couple talk, I was less motivated by the language contact research I have described so far than by the work of Pamela Fishman (1978, 1980, 1983).

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