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Arabic, Self and Autoethnography

Yasir Suleiman

in Arabic, Self and Identity

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199747016
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747016.003.0003
Arabic, Self and Autoethnography

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The chapter deals with the language-Self link in the study of Arabic in the social world. For this purpose, the chapter investigates two sites in the authors’ linguistic behaviour as a teacher trainer in the Arabian Gulf region for the symbolic meanings these sites can. Central to this investigation is the concept of identity as a continuum which on one side is bounded by fixity and on the other by variability. The Self here is treated as a repertoire of roles, resources and attributes that are context-dependent. The material in this chapter is presented as an autoethnography. It is written in a first-person voice to reflect on the experiences of the researcher as researched subject, using memory, introspection, self-reports and personal interpretation to retrieve the data and explain them.

Keywords: autoethnography; Self; researcher as researched subject; gaze; self-reports; standard Arabic

Chapter.  14893 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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