Stance-taking, accommodation, code switching and language crossing
A case study
This study involves an in-depth analysis of a sociolinguistic interview between the researcher and a college student in his junior year, herein named “Alex”. Within the entirety of the transcription, I conducted a detailed investigation of the interviewee’s linguistic features and strategies. He attempted to achieve several communicative goals, such as streamlining the conversation by utilizing stance taking, communication accommodation, language crossing and code switching. In this paper, I elaborate on the specific linguistic strategies he used to take a stance and construct his identity through narrative. Specifically, he created the identity of a motivated, intelligent yet humble foreign language learner.
Keywords: stance-taking, accommodation, identity construction, code switching, personal narrative, language crossing
Published online: 29 October 2019
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