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A Journey in Languages and CulturesThe Life of a Bicultural Bilingual$
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François Grosjean

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198754947

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198754947.001.0001

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Returning to my first culture

Returning to my first culture

(p.37) 5 Returning to my first culture
A Journey in Languages and Cultures

François Grosjean

Oxford University Press

The author explains how his need for each of his two languages changed radically on his return to France, and uses this to introduce the Complementarity Principle. He also illustrates, using his own case, the difficulties some biculturals have identifying with both their cultures. He then describes his university studies at the Sorbonne and the work schedule he set himself to catch up in French literature and history. He introduces one of his professors, Antoine Culioli, who played an important role at the start of his career. Culioli agreed to let the author do a joint Master’s thesis with another student on French–English bilingualism. This work is described in detail.

Keywords:   Complementarity Principle, biculturalism, biculturals, Sorbonne, Antoine Culioli, bilingualism research

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