Conversations of Intercultural Couples by Kellie Goncalves

By Kellie Goncalves

Auf der Grundlage empirisch erhobenen Sprachmaterials untersucht die Studie das diskursive Aushandeln von Sprache und Identitat innerhalb der intimsten "Community of perform (CofP)," der Ehe zwischen interkulturellen Sprachpartnern. Die Studie ist in die sozialpsychologischen Konzepte von Identitat und "Positioning" eingebettet. So wird am Beispiel von Interviews mit interkulturellen Paaren - genauer: englische Muttersprachler/innen, die mit deutschsprachigen Schweizer/innen verheiratet sind, in einer diglossen Sprachregion in der Zentralschweiz leben und uber drei Jahre interviewt wurden - die Verhandlung und Performanz hybrider Identitaten analysiert und gezeigt, wie "doing Swiss" diskursiv ko-konstruiert und ausgehandelt wird. This publication provides an empirical learn that examines intercultural undefined' purposes for particular language practices and investigates the negotiation and performances of hybrid identities in the marital unit, the main intimate group of perform (CofP). The theoretical framework followed attracts at the sociocultural linguistic method of identification and the social mental concept of positioning. the knowledge stem from ethnographic commentary and recordings performed over a three-year interval with intercultural undefined, specifically Anglophones married to local German-speaking Swiss, who dwell in significant Switzerland, the place a diglossic state of affairs prevails. The positionings contributors take in or refute point out that the functionality of "doing Swiss" is not just discursively co-constructed, yet a website the place the negotiation of which means emerges in the context of social interplay.

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Interviewing under such circumstances leads once again to an “unnatural situation” and thus to “unnatural behavior” (1994: 123). While I never experienced uneasiness during my two follow-up conversations with Dale, meta-discourse regarding the actual conversations did alter. Reference to “that talk we had the other day” rather than “the interview” is the way friends seek to naturalize an “unnatural situation” (1994: 124). Although the conversations with Dale did not appear to be “unnatural”, I stopped attending book club meetings so as not to jeopardize roles and relationships because of my study.

3 The researcher as positioned According to Wright Mills (1959: 204), “the social scientist is not some autonomous being standing outside society. No-one is outside society the question is where he [sic] stands within it”. Indeed, my position as the researcher must be considered and made clear regarding the conversations I carried out with the participants and the resulting generated data. Although I was already acquainted with a few participants on a friendly basis, namely Conny and Chad, I did not know any of the other participants.

Indeed, my position as the researcher must be considered and made clear regarding the conversations I carried out with the participants and the resulting generated data. Although I was already acquainted with a few participants on a friendly basis, namely Conny and Chad, I did not know any of the other participants. The commonalities that I shared with participants were that we lived in the same local community and were in intimate intercultural relationships. My presence as a female with the subjective experiences of learning the Bernese dialect as well and living abroad as an expat inevitably influenced and shaped our conversations and the actual data produced.

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