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ERIC Number: ED250943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Senora Mercedes: A Mexican Immigrant Parent. Sociolinguistic Working Paper Number 86.
Discourse analysis of an interview with a Mexican American immigrant mother concerning her children's education in the United States and her relationship with the school provides an understanding of the adaptations of an immigrant in organizational relationships and how language reflects and influences those interactions. The model of discourse analysis used is concerned with the way participants choose from a range of language strategies and manage the discourse. Senora Mercedes uses four levels of discourse, at one level referring to general, abstract social conditions and relationships, at another level creating a speech event by structuring the conversation with a stranger, at a third level using language to discuss shared concerns with the interviewer, and at a fourth level, embedded in the interview, retelling past events and interactions. These four levels are interdependent, with changes in context or level appearing spontaneously and marked only by changes in speech style. The various fields of discourse constantly interact and overlap in the interview. Language here represents Sra Mercedes' experiences, surroundings, and the processes of her consciousness, while also expressing her participation in a speech event. At the various levels, her responses represent varying, sometimes conflicting perspectives of interaction with the school, both supportive and apprehensive, complimentary and critical. (MSE)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Discourse Analysis, Educational Attitudes, Immigrants, Interviews, Mexican Americans, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, Persuasive Discourse, Sociolinguistics
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 211 East 7th St., Austin, TX 78701.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Note: For other titles in this series, see FL 014 699-705 and FL 014 707.