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ERIC Number: EJ883844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8477
Stories of Frenchness: Becoming a Francophile
Coffey, Simon
Language and Intercultural Communication, v10 n2 p119-136 May 2010
This paper reports on life-story accounts used to gain insights into the symbolic value language learners attach to French. The concept of "interpretative repertoires" is used to show how participants situate personal narratives in broader cultural discourses (a "Francophile repertoire") to construct their experience of Frenchness. Data from three life narrative case studies--British adults who have studied French to a high level--illustrate how situated repertoires are circulated and reproduced. This type of analytical approach can extend our understanding of how engagement with "prestige" languages such as French is inscribed in particular forms of cultural capital. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Language: English
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