"Without language, everything is chaos and confusion ..."

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The connection between language and trauma has so far been mainly discussedwith regards to the difficulty of narrating traumatic experience. The issue ofmultilingualism and traumatic experience has mainly been raised in studies onlanguage loss or change. This contribution takes an approach based on the conceptsof bodily and emotional language experience and of linguistic repertoireas the totality of linguistic and communicative resources speakers can drawon. Referring to Aharon Appelfeld’s autobiographical text “The Story of a Life,”the chapter focuses on how traumatic experience affects the linguistic repertoireand how on the other hand linguistic resources can help to strengthenresilience.


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