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Title: Repair in membership categorization in French
Author: Geneviève Maheux-Pelletier
Institution: University of Alberta
Author: Andrea Golato
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Institution: Texas State University-San Marcos
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Abstract: Using conversation analysis as methodology, this article provides a link between the local organization of talk and larger societal issues by investigating specific conversational sequences in which French speakers from different speech communities interact. It is argued that in addition to dealing with problems of speaking, hearing, and understanding, repair can simultaneously be used to negotiate linguistic membership. Repair can be used to establish, confirm, or insist on speakers' belonging to one particular speech community over another. Moreover, participants can use repair to express affiliation and disaffiliation with each other. The implications of this research are discussed, linking the organization of conversation with issues of language and identity, specifically with the social meaning of dialect variety in the Francophone world. Thus, this article demonstrates how phenomena commonly discussed on the macro level are realized and negotiated on the micro level.


This article appears IN Language in Society Vol. 37, Issue 5.

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