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Categorisation and the negotiation of similarity and difference : identity construction in expatriate blogs

Walz, Linda (2016) Categorisation and the negotiation of similarity and difference : identity construction in expatriate blogs. In: Bellamy, Kate, Karvovskaya, Elena and Saad, George, (eds.) ConSOLE XXIV: Proceedings of the 24th Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (6-8 January 2016, York). Leiden, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, pp. 45-62

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Abstract

Expatriates are individuals who have moved abroad and settled into a new sociocultural environment. Many keep a personal blog, in which they reflect on their experiences and in the process engage in identity construction. Whilst online directories list a multitude of expatriate blogs, little research has examined how identity is linguistically produced in such sites. Adopting a sociocultural linguistic approach, this paper investigates identity construction in twelve expatriate blogs written in English through membership categorisation analysis (Sacks 1992) and the similarity dimension of tactics of intersubjectivity (Bucholtz & Hall 2004a,b). Key features are being a person in transition, adopting English practises and portraying relocation as a shared experience.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
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Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
School/Department: School of Languages & Linguistics
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2250

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