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Interviewee

Dr. Tom Bonfiglio

Title of Publication Discussed

Mother Tongues and Nations: The Invention of the Native Speaker

Department

Modern Literatures and Cultures

Document Type

Podcast

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

Dr. Tom Bonfiglio, William Judson Gaines Professor of Comparative Literature and Linguistics in the Department of Modern Literatures and Cultures, discusses his new book, Mother Tongues and Nations: The Invention of the Native Speaker. In this book, he examines the legacy of the metaphors “mother tongue” and “native speaker” by historicizing their linguistic development.

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