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LINGUIST List 22.161

Sun Jan 09 2011

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Poland

Editor for this issue: Elyssa Winzeler <elyssalinguistlist.org>

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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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Full Title: Narratives in Interaction

Date: 01-May-2011 - 03-May-2011
Location: Poznan, Poland
Contact Person: Agnieszka Kiełkiewicz-Janowiak
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

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

Call Deadline: 21-Jan-2011

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.

We call for papers which address the following types of contexts/issues (as well as others focusing on 'narratives in interaction'):

1. The functions of narratives in a wide range of social contexts
2. Narratives about oneself and others in performing social identities
3. Fragmentation and multiplicity of identities revealed in narratives
4. Narratives and the contextualization of speech events
5. New analytical tools for analysis of narratives as talk-in-interaction
6. Structure and functions of small stories
7. Personal narratives and the transformation process in clinical contexts
8. Narratives in negotiating gender identity, age identity, ethnic identity, etc.

The abstracts for the session should comply with the general guidelines of the PLM conference and be submitted via EasyChair system by January 21st 2011.

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