Speaker centered approaches to multilingualism
In this project we are interested in how multilingual individuals talk about the different languages in their linguistic repertoire. We study narratives dealing with language, especially language learning, language use across the lifespan and transmission of language to the next generation.
We have data from two different multilingual groups, Creole-French bilinguals from la Réunion and Guadeloupe and Congolese immigrants in Norway. The analysis focuses on conceptualization of different languages and language attitudes through their linguistic choices, especially metaphors.