"Bloom and grow forever": Language, identity, and transcultural life stories

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This chapter discusses how the author's experiences growing up in Austria influenced her early experiences as an English language learner in the U.S. and later as a faculty member in a U.S. university .setting. She uses Stuart Hall to show how our perspectives of the languages we speak and our understanding of our own multiple and shifting identities, and the identities of those we come in contact with, greatly influence our subsequent interactions with cultures and languages that are different from our own. She adapts the concept of Mary Louise Pratt's "contact zones" to show that our languages and our identities, and with it our ideologies, determine how we understand ourselves and those we come in contact with.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAutoethnographic Perspectives on Multilingual Life Stories
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781668437407
ISBN (Print)9781668437384
StatePublished - May 13 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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