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ERIC Number: EJ883840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8477
Autonomy Abroad: Metaphors of "Mundigkeit" in Language Learner Narrative
O'Sullivan, Helen
Language and Intercultural Communication, v10 n2 p106-118 May 2010
This paper forms part of a wider research project which examines how the Kantian concept of "Mundigkeit" or "maturity" may be represented in subjective accounts of language learning, known as "language learner narratives". It is shown that the metaphors used in these texts frequently do not so much represent congenial relations of hospitality between native and non-native speakers as unequal power relations, in which the non-native speaker feels "imprisoned" or "infantilised". The paper also considers some of the other metaphors common to such texts, which may represent universal conceptualisations of language learning experiences. (Contains 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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