Leading the way and showing affiliation: participatory roles in a semi-structured narrative interview

Paredes, Katie and Cordella, Marisa (2011) Leading the way and showing affiliation: participatory roles in a semi-structured narrative interview. Revista de Linguistica y Lenguas Aplicadas, 6 3: 275-288. doi:10.4995/rlyla.2011.908


Author Paredes, Katie
Cordella, Marisa
Title Leading the way and showing affiliation: participatory roles in a semi-structured narrative interview
Journal name Revista de Linguistica y Lenguas Aplicadas   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1886-2438
1886-6298
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4995/rlyla.2011.908
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 3
Start page 275
End page 288
Total pages 14
Place of publication Valencia, Spain
Publisher Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
Language eng
Abstract This paper outlines the participatory roles of narrators and interviewers in the process of unfolding personal stories. Fifteen secondary school students of Hispanic-Australian background enrolled in intermediate Spanish classes in Melbourne (Australia) were asked to talk about a series of topics allowing them to explore and develop personal stories. For the purpose of providing a comprehensive corpus this manuscript focuses on the 11 personal stories that emerged in Spanish and English around the topic of ‘the worst holiday’. The results show that narratives are not initially volunteered by students, being prefaced by an initial denial of negative experience. Nevertheless, the interviewer’s participation dissipates the narrator’s initial attitude allowing students to construct narratives guided by the interviewer’s expectations. Interviewer strategies include requests for clarification, prompts for story development and co-authorship. Also crucial to the interaction is the use of laughter as a form of personal affiliation.
Keyword Participatory roles
Interactional roles
Personal narratives
Affiliation
Spanish
Discourse analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Languages and Cultures Publications
 
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