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LINGUIST List 22.116

Fri Jan 07 2011

Confs: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Poland

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        1.     Magdalena Murawska , Narratives in Interaction

Message 1: Narratives in Interaction
Date: 07-Jan-2011
From: Magdalena Murawska <plmifa.amu.edu.pl>
Subject: Narratives in Interaction
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Narratives in Interaction

Date: 01-May-2011 - 03-May-2011
Location: Poznan, Poland
Contact: Agnieszka Kie?kiewicz-Janowiak
Contact Email: kagnieszifa.amu.edu.pl

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

The workshop is meant to mark the 'narrative turn' in sociolinguistics.

This new approach aims at exploring situated language use, 'employed
by speakers/narrators to position a display of contextualized identities'
(Bamberg and Georgakopoulou 2008: 379). Such a conceptualization of
the narrative allows analysts to look into the processes of identities 'in-the-
making' or 'coming-into-being' (Bamberg and Georgakopoulou 2008: 379).
Accordingly, emphasis will be put on the contextualizing aspects of
the narrative: in their narratives speakers construct their identities
contextualised in the current topic, they also evaluate their experience and
express attitudes towards others. The narrative is treated here as a practice
within social interaction, in which participants take and negotiate their
positions (cf. positioning theory).

Therefore we would particularly like to invite papers in which narratives are
talk, i.e. text-in-interaction (cf. Georgakopoulou 2007), observed (and
recorded) as part of authentic exchanges in a speech community; they may
be life stories, reminiscences, accounts of (intimate) personal experience,
etc. These are often so-called 'small stories', i.e. fragmented, with multiple
tellers, heavily embedded in their contexts (see Bamberg 2004;
Georgakopoulou 2003, 2007; Ochs and Capps 2001). Nevertheless, the
narratives under study may have also been collected in the interview setting
(in clinical or everyday-like contexts). Ultimately, in the course of discussion,
we hope to be able to compare narratives elicited in interviews with
narratives which are talk-in-social-interaction.

Special attention will be given to the analytical tools of 'narrative analysis'
(e.g. Conversation Analysis, ethnomethodology) which allow for the fine-
grained micro-analysis of the narrative as talk-in-social-interaction with the
aim to capture the discursive process through which individuals make sense
of themselves in the currently available contexts.
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