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Discourses on Language in Social Life: Theoretical and Methodological Orientations

Patrick Stevenson and Jenny Carl

in Language and Social Change in Central Europe

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748635986
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671472 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635986.003.0002
Discourses on Language in Social Life: Theoretical and Methodological Orientations

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In this chapter, the key ideas, concepts and approaches identified in the Introduction are elaborated and explained. Central to the argument here is the concept of discourses on language in social life and the interconnectedness of ideologies, policies, practices, experiences, and memories. The authors also explain here the methodologies of data gathering and analysis underpinning the study: the case studies, the data collection process (documentation, interviews) and the participants, describing in some detail the many types of background and experience of life within the corpus. The chapter shows how and why the approach in the data-based chapters (4, 5 and 6) is to explore in different ways how discourses on language are constructed: through the analysis of language policy discourses, individual narratives as life stories, and the negotiation of identities in narratives.

Keywords: Discourses on language; Social life; Ideologies; Language policy; Memory; Narrative; Life stories

Chapter.  15350 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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