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May 5, 2016

Book co-edited by modern languages assistant professor published by Multilingual Matters

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Janice McGregor, assistant professor of German, published a co-edited volume, "Authenticity, Language and Interaction in Second Language Contexts," with Rémi A. van Compernolle, assistant professor of second language acquisition and French and Francophone Studies at Carnegie Mellon University.

The new book includes chapters that investigate the following basic questions: What is authentic language? Who is an authentic speaker? and How is authenticity achieved?

According to the publisher, Multilingual Matters, the volume's "contributions focus on authenticity as it relates to patterns of language and meaning, and to agency, identity and culture, and will serve as an opening to an extended conversation about the nature of authenticity and its development in [second language] contexts."

McGregor contributed a chapter on the interactional accomplishment of authenticity in study abroad. Together with van Compernolle, she also co-wrote introductory and concluding remarks.