Displacement and the Lived Experience of Language: Testimonies from Children with Migration Backgrounds in an Austrian School
Lecture | March 22 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)
Brigitta Busch, University of Vienna
Berkeley Language Center
This presentation foregrounds the concept of Spracherleben, the lived experience of language, in contribution to the ongoing debate about the conceptualization of linguistic repertoire in the context of mobility and migration. Relocating the centre of ones life always means a change, both in the lifeworld (Lebenswelt) and in the linguistic environment where practices, discourses and rules are no longer familiar. Under favorable conditions this kind of change can be experienced as a challenge, opening up new horizons and new opportunities to re-positioning oneself as a (speaking) subject. Under unfavorable conditions, however, such changes can also be experienced as a hardship or as a source of ongoing emotional stress.