Multilingual Living: Explorations of Language and Subjectivity

Author(s) : Charlotte Burck

Multilingual Living: Explorations of Language and Subjectivity

Book Details

  • Publisher : Palgrave
  • Published : 2007
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Counselling
  • Catalogue No : 26658
  • ISBN 13 : 9780230554337
  • ISBN 10 : 0230554334

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How do bilingual and multilingual people think about themselves and their languages? What are the effects on family relationships of living in several languages? How does language shape our thoughts and feelings and the way we see ourselves? "Multilingual Living" presents speakers' own accounts of the challenges and advantages of living in several languages at individual, family and societal levels. Individuals note profound differences in their sense of themselves, their relationships and their parenting, depending on which language they use - their experience highlights the interlinking of language, subjectivity and identity construction. The author further considers effects of the hierarchy of languages and power relationships. The book provides rich interview material of considerable interest to sociolinguists, psychologists, sociologists and lay readers interested in language and identity and in the dynamics of bilingual and multilingual living.

About the Author(s)

Charlotte Burck is a Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist, Trainer and Researcher in the Child and Family Department of the Tavistock Clinic, London. Her books include Gender and Family Therapy (with Gwyn Daniel), Gender, Power and Relationships (with Bebe Speed)), Mirrors and Reflections: Processes of Systemic Supervision (edited with Gwyn Daniel) and Multilingual Living: Explorations of Language and Subjectivity. Her interests include supervision and consultation, systemic research, and developing clinical work with families who have experienced domestic violence and enduring parental conflict.

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