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ERIC Number: EJ1167309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1307-4733
English as a Lingua Franca Conversation While Watching TV: Othering through Expertise
Siegel, Aki
Novitas-ROYAL (Research on Youth and Language), v8 n1 p64-76 2014
English as a lingua franca studies (ELF) from a socio-interactional perspective have illustrated the subtle actions of interlocutors that highlight their "situated identities" (Zimmerman, 1998) in talk-in-interaction. Many of these studies have focused on speakers' identities associated with ethnicity, nationality, or their first or second language. Nevertheless, little research exists regarding the numerous other identities people may adopt during ELF conversations, and how those identities may affect the interaction. Furthermore, the influence of an ongoing media (television) reception on such identities has not been investigated. Therefore, utilizing conversation analysis and membership categorization as a method of inquiry, this single case analysis investigates ELF interactions at a women's dormitory for university students while five women were watching television. Through the analysis, participants were found to be orienting to expert-novice identities regarding not only their linguistic knowledge but also their knowledge of the topic shown on television, baseball. Furthermore, contrary to previous research, it was found that ELF conversations are not always cooperative and supportive. The television affected not only the conversation topic but also the positioning of the participants in the group, resulting in the "othering" (Spivak, 1998) of a particular participant through the interaction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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