Jean-Jacques Weber

Jean-Jacques Weber

Ordentlicher Professor

Forschungsthemen Discourse analysis, Education, Sociolinguistics, Language policy, Multilingualism
Fakultät oder Zentrum Fakultät für Sprachwissenschaften und Literatur, Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst und Erziehungswissenschaften
Forschungseinheit ECCS
Postadresse Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Büroadresse MSH, E03 15-040
E-Mail
Telefon (+352) 46 66 44 6667
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 6265

Research topics: multilingualism and education, language-in-education policy

Jean-Jacques Weber is Professor of English and Education at the University of Luxembourg. He graduated at the University of Lancaster, where he was awarded a First Class Honours degree in English. He has a PhD in English from the University of Leuven (Belgium). His main research interests are discourse analysis and the study of language and education in multilingual and multicultural contexts. Most of his publications focus on issues of multilingualism and education, language and globalization, as well as language use in urban neighbourhoods. He is a staunch advocate of flexible multilingual education and feels convinced that, as more and more children grow up multilingually in our globalized world, there is a need for more nuanced multilingual solutions in language-in-education policies.

He also supervises PhD students and teaches courses in these areas, thus contributing to a range of programmes including the English Studies programme, the BA in Education, as well as the MA in Learning and Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts. He was Head of the ‘Multilingualism’ strand of the University’s Research Priority from 2009 to 2013, and is Programme Coordinator of the ‘Multilingualism in Education and Society’ section of the Doctoral School in Education.

Last updated on: Freitag, den 09. Januar 2015

Professional Career

  • Since 2009 Vice-Head of the Research Unit LCMI (Languages, Culture, Media, Identities), University of Luxembourg
  • Since 2003 Professor, University of Luxembourg
  • Since 1998 Professor, University Centre Luxembourg
  • 1996-2009 Head of the English Department, University Centre Luxembourg/University of Luxembourg
  • 2005-2007 guest professor at the University of Trier, Germany
  • Autumn 1989 Erasmus staff exchange with Aberdeen University
  • Since 1988 lecturer of English Linguistics and Literature at University Centre Luxembourg, Department of English
  • 1983-1988 teacher of English at Lycée Michel Rodange Luxembourg (part-time until 2002)
  • 1975-1983 teacher of English at Athénée de Luxembourg and Lycée Technique de Bonnevoie



Last updated on: 24 Sep 2013

Research Interests

  • Sociocultural and sociolinguistic theory
  • Multilingualism and education
  • Language use in urban neighbourhoods
  • Language policy and globalization
  • Literary linguistics and discourse analysis

 Research Projects

  • 2008-2010: Language Learning and Language Use in Multilingual Affinity Spaces
  • 2004-2006: Cognitive-Linguistic Approaches to Discourse
  • 1999-2004: Research in Linguistics and Language Education
  • 1997-1999: Literary Representations and Discursive Dynamics: Semiotic and Stylistic Analysis
  • 1995-1997: Regimes of Enunciation and Metaphor Analysis
  • 1988-1994: Integration of the New Information Technology into Language and Human Science Education



Last updated on: 24 Sep 2013

  • Ethnography and Discourse Analysis, Multilingualism and Education, Language Policy and Globalization (MA multi-LEARN)
  • Language and Style, Language and Society, Multilingualism and Education (BA English Studies)
  • Multilingualism and Education (BA Education)



Last updated on: 24 Sep 2013

  • Pickel, Timéa: L'intégration des élèves nouvellement arrivés en France dans l'espace scolaire français. Etude du contexte social et éducatif (external)



Last updated on: 19 Jan 2017

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2016

See detailFrom fixed to flexible multilingual education: The case of Luxembourg
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Messner, Elgrid; Worek, Daniela; Pecek, Mojca (Eds.) Teacher Education for Multilingual and Multicultural Settings (2016)

See detailLuxembourgish language-in-education policy in limbo: The tension between ideologies of authenticity and anonymity
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Barakos, Elisabeth; Unger, Johnny (Eds.) Discursive Approaches to Language Policy (2016)

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2015

See detailLanguage, multilingualism and racism
Weber, Jean-Jacques

Article for general public (2015)

See detailLuxembourg: Language and Education
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Corner, Trevor (Ed.) Education in the European Union: Pre-2003 Member States (2015)

See detailLanguage Racism
Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Palgrave (2015)

See detailMultilingual education and the politics of language in Luxembourg
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine

in Peersman, C.; Vosters, R.; Rutten, G. (Eds.) Past, Present and Future of a Language Border: Germanic-Romance Encounters in the Low Countries (2015)

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2014

See detailMultilingualism and Mobility in Europe: Policies and Practices
Horner, Kristine; de Saint-Georges, Ingrid; Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Peter Lang (2014)

See detailMother tongue education or flexible multilingual education?
Weber, Jean-Jacques

Article for general public (2014)

See detailQuelle politique linguistique pour l'école luxembourgeoise?
Weber, Jean-Jacques

Article for general public (2014)

See detailFlexible Multilingual Education: Putting Children's Needs First
Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Multilingual Matters (2014)

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2013

See detailMultilingualism and Multimodality: Current Challenges for Educational Studies
de Saint-Georges, Ingrid; Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Sense Publishers (2013)

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See detailPreface
de Saint-Georges, Ingrid; Weber, Jean-Jacques

in de Saint-Georges, Ingrid; Weber, Jean-Jacques (Eds.) Multilingualism and Multimodality : Current Challenges for Educational Studies (2013)

See detailLanguage and integration in Luxembourg
Weber, Jean-Jacques

Scientific Conference (2013, November 04)

See detailA model for the EU? The politics of language and education in Luxembourg
Weber, Jean-Jacques

Scientific Conference (2013, April 11)

See detailLanguage-in-education policy in Luxembourg: Fixed versus flexible
Weber, Jean-Jacques

Presentation (2013, February 07)

See detailMultilingual universities and the monolingual mindset
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine

in de Saint-Georges, Ingrid; Weber, Jean-Jacques (Eds.) Multilingualism and Multimodality: Current Challenges for Educational Studies (2013)

See detailThe language situation in Luxembourg
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine

in Kaplan, Robert; Baldauf, Richard; Kamwangamalu, Nkonko (Eds.) Language Planning in Europe: Cyprus, Iceland and Luxembourg (2013)

See detailRecent developments in language policy in Luxembourg
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine

in Kaplan, Robert; Baldauf, Richard; Kamwangamalu, Nkonko (Eds.) Language Planning in Europe: Cyprus, Iceland and Luxembourg (2013)

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2012

See detailNe pas réinventer la roue! L'éducation multilingue au Pays Basque et en Afrique du Sud (et les leçons qu'on peut en tirer)
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Forum für Politik, Gesellschaft und Kultur in Luxemburg (2012), 324

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See detailThe trilingual Luxembourgish school system in historical perspective: progress or regress?
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine

in Language, Culture and Curriculum (2012), 25(1), 3-15

See detailIntroducing Multilingualism A Social Approach
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine

Book published by Routledge (2012)

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2011

See detailPenser l'éducation de demain. Etudes en l'honneur de Dominique Portante.
Arend, Béatrice; Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Editions PHI (2011)

See detailPenser l'éducation de demain. Etudes en l'honneur de Dominique Portante
Arend, Béatrice; Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Editions PHI (2011)

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See detailNot playing the game: Shifting patterns in the discourse of integration
Horner, Kristine; Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Journal of Language and Politics (2011), 10(2), 139-159

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2010

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See detailSmall languages, education and citizenship: The paradoxical case of Luxembourgish
Horner, Kristine; Weber, Jean-Jacques

in International Journal of the Sociology of Language (2010), 205

See detailThe Luxembourgish system of education between inclusion and exclusion
Horner, Kristine; Weber, Jean-Jacques; Pauly, Michel

in ASTI 30+: 30 ans de migration, 30 ans de recherches, 30 ans d'engagements (2010)

See detailReview of G. Budach, J. Erfurt & M. Kunkel. Ecoles plurilingues - multilingual schools: Konzepte, Institutionen und Akteure
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in International Journal of Bilingual Education & Bilingualism (2010), 13(2), 259-262

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See detailForeign language provision at secondary level in Luxembourg
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Sociolinguistica : Internationales Jahrbuch für Europäische Soziolinguistik (2010), 24

See detailMother tongue or literacy bridge? Towards multilingual norming in education
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Cruz-Ferreira, Madalena

in Multilingual Norms (2010)

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See detailOrwellian doublethink: Keywords in Luxembourgish and European language-in-education policy discourses
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine

in Language Policy (2010), 9(3), 241-256

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2009

See detailReview of O. Garcia. Bilingual Education in the 21st Century
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Journal of Sociolinguistics (2009), 13

See detailMultilingualism, Education and Change. Vol. 9
Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Peter Lang (2009)

See detailIntroduction (Long Time Walk on Water)
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Long Time Walk on Water (2009)

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See detailConstructing Lusobourgish Ethnicities: Implications for Language-in-Education Policy
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Language Problems & Language Planning (2009), 33(2), 132-152

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2008

See detailSafetalk revisited, or: Language and ideology in Luxembourgish educational policy
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Language and Education (2008), 22(2), 155-169

See detailFrom Safetalk Towards Exploratory Talk and Back Again: Missed Opportunities in a Multilingual Luxembourgish Primary Classroom
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Boca: the South Florida Journal of Linguistics (2008), 1(2), 57-79

See detailReview of M. Koven. Selves in Two Languages
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Linguist List (2008), 19.1428

See detailThe language situation in Luxembourg
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine

in Current Issues in Language Planning (2008), 9(1), 69-128

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2007

See detailReview of Adrian Blackledge. Discourse and Power in a Multilingual World
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Discourse & Society (2007), 18(3), 382-387

See detailReview of B. Benwell and E. Stokoe. Discourse and Identity
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Discourse & Communication (2007), 1(2), 251-254

See detailRethinking Language-in-Education Policy in Luxembourg
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Forum für Politik, Gesellschaft und Kultur in Luxemburg (2007), 264

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2006

See detailReview of Ben Rampton. Language in Late Modernity
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in BELL. Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures (2006), 4

See detailReview of Gibson Ferguson. Language Planning and Education
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Linguist List (2006), 17.2394

See detailPost-Colonial Theory and Literatures
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Childs, Peter; Williams, Patrick

Book published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (2006)

See detailBreaking Through Binary Oppositions David Dabydeen's A Harlot's Progress and Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Craemer, S.; Dilk, E. Y.; Sieburg, H.; Stoll, F.

in Europäische Begegnungen: Festschrift Jos Kohnen (2006)

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2005

See detailCognitive poetics and literary criticism: Types of resolution in the condition-of-England novel
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in European Journal of English Studies (2005), 9(2), 131-141

See detailReview of M. Robson and P. Stockwell. Language in Theory
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in BELL. Belgian Essays on Language and Literature (2005), 3

See detailPragmatic scales and the (de)construction of cultural models
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Language and Literature : Journal of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (2005), 14(1), 45-63

See detailLife in Language Studies in Honour of Wolfgang Kühlwein
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine; Schuth, Andreas

Book published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (2005)

See detailThe representation of immigrant students within the classical-humanist ethos of the Luxembourgish school-system
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine; Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine; Schuth, Andreas

in Life in Language (2005)

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2004

See detailReview of D. Herman: Narrative Theory and the Cognitive Sciences
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in BELL. Belgian Essays on Language and Literature (2004), 2

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2003

See detailReview of M. Gymnich, A. and V. Nuenning. (eds) Literature and Linguistics: Approaches, Models, and Applications
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in BELL. Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures (2003), 12

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2002

See detailTowards Multicultural Education - A Manifesto for Literary Studies
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Praxis des Neusprachlichen Unterrichts (2002), 49

See detailReview of P. Verdonk. Stylistics
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Style (2002), 36

See detailThe critical practices of Henry Widdowson
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Language and Literature : Journal of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (2002), 11(2), 153-160

See detailReview of R. Dirven et al. (eds) Language and Ideology
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in BELL. Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures (2002), 11

See detailJ'accuse, oder die Wahrheit über den Sprachenunterricht in Luxemburg
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine

in Praxis des Neusprachlichen Unterrichts (2002), 49

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2001

See detailReliability and commitment in Ronan Bennett's The Catastrophist
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Arbeiten Aus Anglistik und Amerikanist [=AAA] (2001), 26

See detailReview of: B. Sowinski. Stilistik and G. Molinié. La stylistique
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in BELL. Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures (2001), 10

See detailThe unreliable readers of Sam Selvon's Moses Ascending
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Sprache und Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht (2001), 34

See detailA concordance- and genre-informed approach to ESP essay writing
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in ELT Journal : English Language Teachers Journal (2001), 55

See detailReview of R. Tolmach Lakoff. The Language War
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in BELL. Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures (2001), 10

See detailThe Absent Character of Gene in Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Notes on Contemporary Literature (2001), 31

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2000

See detailEnglish Studies 9: A Tribute to Armand Michaux.
Sinner, Alain; Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg (2000)

See detailEducationg the reader Narrative technique and evaluation in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Bex, A. R.; Burke, M.; Stockwell, P.

in Contextualized Stylistics (2000)

See detailAre You Ready for the 21st Century? Quality in English Language Teaching
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Horner, Kristine

in Praxis des Neusprachlichen Unterrichts (2000), 47

See detailIdeological Tension in Literature, or: Literariness Revisited
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Sinner, A.; Weber, J. J.

in Festschrift Armand Michaux (2000)

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1999

See detailReview of: Michael Toolan. Language in Literature
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Social Semiotics (1999), 9

See detailHow Charles Transcends his Dilemma Methods of Narration in John Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Barrera-Vidal, A.

in Summa cum Probitate: Festschrift Jean-Paul Harpes (1999)

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1998

See detailReview of: J. Thornborrow & S. Wareing. Patterns in Language
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Functions of Language (1998), 5

See detailThe Literature Workbook
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Calvo, Clara

Book published by Routledge (1998)

See detailThree models of power in David Mamet's Oleanna
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Culpeper, Jonathan; Short, Mick; Verdonk, Peter

in Exploring the Language of Drama (1998)

See detailTowards an Effective Teaching of Grammar at Advanced Level
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Wengler, A.

in Un enseignement moderne des langues vivantes étrangères pour des citoyens européens (1998)

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1997

See detailReview of: George Lakoff. Moral Politics
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in BELL. Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures (1997), 6

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1996

See detailActes linguistiques 2
Colais-Blaise, Marion; Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg (1996)

See detailThe Stylistics Reader From Roman Jakobson to the Present
Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Arnold (1996)

See detailWhat is Literature?
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in English Studies, 6 (1996)

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1995

See detailTravaux de linguistique 1
Colas-Blaise, Marion; Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Centre Universitaire (1995)

See detailSentence Structure in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing: An Exercise in Literary Stylistics
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Colas-Blaise, Marion

in Cahiers de Linguistique, 1 (1995)

See detailTwentieth-Century Fiction From Text to Context
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Verdonk, Peter

Book published by Routledge (1995)

See detailHow metaphor leads Susan Rawlings into suicide A cognitive-linguistic analysis of Doris Lessing's 'To Room Nineteen'
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Weber, Jean-Jacques; Verdonk, Peter

in Twentieth-Century Fiction (1995)

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1993

See detailSade between Labov and Greimas
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Colas-Blaise, Marion

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (1993), 71

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1992

See detailBonAccord: un nouveau didacticiel de traduction semi-intelligent
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Bulletin Nouvelles Technologies et Education (1992), 7

See detailReview of: D. Birch. The Language of Drama
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in BELL. Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures (1992), 1

See detailCritical Analysis of Fiction Essays in Discourse Stylistics
Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Rodopi (1992)

See detailPower and mutuality in George Eliot's Middlemarch
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Hastert, Marie-Paule; Toolan, Michael

in Language, Text and Context (1992)

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1990

See detailEnglish Studies 2: Essays in Honour of Marie-Thérèse Schroeder-Hartmann.
Michaux, Armand; Sinner, Alain; Weber, Jean-Jacques

Book published by Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg (1990)

See detailLogo, List Processing and Language Teaching
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Bulletin Nouvelles Technologies et Education (1990), 5

See detailUsing Concordances in the Classroom
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Bulletin Nouvelles Technologies et Education (1990), 6

See detailThe Problem of Boundaries in Wuthering Heights, Revisited
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Michaux, A.; Sinner, A.; Weber, J. J.

in English Studies, 2 (1990)

See detailL'ordinateur au service des enseignants de langues
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Werné, Alex

in Bulletin Nouvelles Technologies et Education (1990), 5

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1989

See detailReview of: M. Toolan. Narrative
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Journal of Literary Semantics (1989), 18

See detailReview of: D. Birch. Language, Literature and Critical Practice
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Journal of Literary Semantics (1989), 18

See detailDickens' social semiotic The modal analysis of ideological structure
Weber, Jean-Jacques; Carter, Ron; Simpson, Paul

in Language, Discourse and Literature (1989)

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1988

See detailFragmented Selves and Hyphenated Neologisms in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Liverpool Papers in Language and Discourse (1988)

See detailMicrocomputers and the Teaching of English Language and Literature
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Bulletin Nouvelles Technologies et Education (1988), 2

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1986

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1984

See detailDeontic, Axiological and Epistemic Distance in Graham Greene's The Honorary Consul
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Nottingham Linguistic Circular (1984), 13

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1983

See detailThe Foreground - Background Distinction
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in BELL. Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures (1983), 8

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1982

See detailFrame Construction and Frame Accommodation in a Gricean Analysis of Narrative
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in Journal of Literary Semantics (1982), 11

See detailInferences and Ideological Point of View in Joyce's Eveline
Weber, Jean-Jacques

in UEA Papers in Linguistics (1982), 16/17

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