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In and Out of English: For Better, For Worse?

reviewed by Gail E. Wolfe - 2006

coverTitle: In and Out of English: For Better, For Worse?
Author(s): Gunilla Anderman and Margaret Rogers (Eds.)
Publisher: Multilingual Matters, Clevedon
ISBN: 1853597872, Pages: 303, Year: 2005
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Where languages collide, creative language play abounds.  As an American national and avid Francophile studying in France in the mid-1990s, I witnessed firsthand the generative potential of the interplay between French and English.  The phrase je dois speeder (“I need to hurry”), uttered casually by a French teenager to his grandfather, immediately comes to mind as an exemplar of the language play that I saw and heard throughout my sojourn in France.  In this particular instance, the linguistic jeu consisted in transforming the English noun speed into a French infinitive through the addition of the suffix –er.  While playful and imaginative in the microcosm of interpersonal interaction, the interplay of French and English takes on a weightier significance when considered within the broader economic, political, and sociocultural context of an increasingly globalized world.  In its growing capacity as a global lingua franca, what impact does English have on the languages... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1603-1606
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12202, Date Accessed: 4/16/2021 6:58:57 AM

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  • Gail Wolfe
    Washington University in Saint Louis
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    GAIL E. WOLFE is a doctoral student in the Department of Education at Washington University in Saint Louis. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Gail earned a Master’s degree in French from Penn State and taught French and Spanish for three years at the secondary level. The focus of Gail’s Ph.D. coursework is threefold, encompassing issues in urban education, educational policy, and women and gender studies.
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