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The subject of/in language: memory, identity, immigration

Grant number: 11/05824-6
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): June 20, 2011
Effective date (End): July 19, 2011
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics
Principal Investigator:Beatriz Maria Eckert-Hoff
Grantee:Beatriz Maria Eckert-Hoff
Host: Harald Thun
Home Institution: Centro Universitário Padre Anchieta (UniAnchieta). Sociedade Padre Anchieta de Ensino (SPAE). Jundiaí , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Kiel University, Germany  

Abstract

Focused on the study of identity, memory, and immigration issues, and thinking the subject of/in the language and relying on theoretical assumptions of Discourse Analysis (DA) and on the History of Linguistic Ideas, this project aims at analyzing corpora that form the conglomerate network of the interlanguage, cross-cultural subject, in contexts of immigration - composed of letters reports: semi-guided interviews and historiographical records. Thus, we understand that the subject is always and fundamentally constituted by a language, in a language, and even contrary to a language. As a result, we have problematized the relationship between the subject and the languages, in this case, the national language and the immigration language, with the aim of studying not only the subject's relation with the languages and see how that relationship of being interlanguage and cross-cultural rouses effects and constitutes an identity, but also how a Teutonic-Brazilian identity has been developing in its relationship with the languages. We have also problematized the binary polarization of the native/foreign, national/official languages as independent and stagnant, in order to direct discussions about the formation of the imaginary of the subject's language and the other's language and, consequently, create possibilities for (re)thinking the relationship between subject/language (s) and analyze language policies in this context, from the beginning of immigration until the present. (AU)