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ERIC Number: EJ1062710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Living with a Foreign Tongue: An Autobiographical Narrative Inquiry into Identity in a Foreign Language
Liu, Wei
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v60 n2 p264-278 Sum 2014
Learning a second language involves the development of an identity in the target language. This study is an autobiographical narrative inquiry into the issue of identity in a foreign language. Autobiographical accounts of my relationship with, and my feelings about, English at different stages in my learning journey are developed to show how my identity with English has formed, shifted, and reconstructed. A critical perspective on identity formation is used to shed light on the identities I have lived with at different stages of my learning journey. The high status of English in China turned into my inner motive to acquire an identity as someone who speaks English well. However, at a more advanced competency level, I experienced a crisis of identity split between my English identity and my native Chinese identity, especially after becoming aware of an unequivocal postcolonial linguistic discourse that positions the two languages differently.
University of Alberta, Faculty of Education. 845 Education Centre South, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-7941; Fax: 780-492-0236; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China