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ERIC Number: ED104115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 17
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Toward a Phenomenological Psycholinguistics of Multilingualism.
Wertheimer, Michael
This paper argues that every language carries its own denotative, connotative, evaluative, and emotional implications. The impact of these aspects of language on a multilingual's use of languages is examined. Particular reference is made to connotative meanings of words; reference to the second person; the meaning of the term "multilingual"; dialects, subdialects and idiolects; psychological subtleties and emotional implications in the use of non-native languages; and phonological differences and patterns among languages. In addition, the following points are summarized: (1) One cannot translate anything perfectly from one language to another, due to the various implications mentioned above; (2) Everyone has his own idiolect, but everyone is also multilingual in that different linguistic rules are used in different social contexts; (3) Although every language is arbitrary, everyone feels that his native language is not. People can have strong emotional reactions to the slightest deviation from what is expected from other speakers in particular situations; and (4) At some phenomenological level, people seem to feel, erroneously, that language is absolute and unchanging. (AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In "The MacLeod Symposium," Krech, David, ed. Ithaca: Cornell University, 1973