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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: Revisiting Interview Data: Analysing turn-taking in interviews with Thai participants through 'layers of insight' Add Dissertation
Author: John Adamson Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Leicester, Applied Linguistics
Completed in: 2002
Linguistic Subfield(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics;
Director(s): Peter Martin

Abstract: This thesis has investigated a small number of transcribed interviews taken
from an educational setting in Thailand. It has shown how systems of coding
spoken discourse can be used to interpret that data but has also stressed
the necessity to employ tools of analysis, especially those which carry
Thai-specific means of assessment, to gain better insights into the
turn-taking behaviour. In this respect, it is a multi-layered investigation
into intercultural communication, employing what I have termed as ‘layers
of insight’ for that process of interpretation.

The research undertaken also has an added element of using data which was
originally collected for the purpose of learning strategies. This is in
contrast to the present objective of looking at how the interviews
themselves were constructed by both participants. I have argued that this
‘double focus’ requires the researcher to carry forward the contextual
information about the participants and interview as a speech event to the
present research in order to help better interpret the data. This process
has been useful, but, at times, prone to some overlap and redundancy. In
order to organize the multitude of ‘layers’ and potential insights into the
turn-taking of the interviews, much emphasis has been placed upon the
methodological process streamlined into two steps.

The results of the data analysis have revealed that the turn-taking coding
system requires further experimentation and that a future ‘revisiting’ of
the data may require careful re-organising of the ‘layers of insight’, but
also that there is much potential in the combination of contextual
information in those layers with the detailed codification system.