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ERIC Number: EJ820244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0142-6001
Language Ecology in Multilingual Settings. Towards a Theory of Symbolic Competence
Kramsch, Claire; Whiteside, Anne
Applied Linguistics, v29 n4 p645-671 Dec 2008
This paper draws on complexity theory and post-modern sociolinguistics to explore how an ecological approach to language data can illuminate aspects of language use in multilingual environments. We first examine transcripts of exchanges taking place among multilingual individuals in multicultural settings. We briefly review what conversation and discourse analysis can explain about these exchanges. We then build on these analyses, using insights from complexity theory and interactional sociolinguistics. We finally outline the components of a competence in multilingual encounters that has not been sufficiently taken into consideration by applied linguists and that we call "symbolic competence".
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Language: English
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