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Susanne Günthner

The dynamics of communicative practices in transmigrational contexts 

This paper focuses on identity constructions in interactions among migrant youth in Germany. It addresses the following questions: How do participants construct particular cultural and social identities through communicative practices? How do they use linguistic heterogeneities to position themselves in everyday encounters? What is the relation between the construction of "otherness" and the construction of speakers' own identity? I.e. in what ways is the "dis-course of alterity" connected to the "discourse of identity"?
This study of social and linguistic consequences of transmigrational contexts is based on informal interactions as well as on narrative interviews collected between 2003 and 2008 among young men (15 to 23 years old) of migrant background in German youth centres in Münster, Rheine, Solingen and Hamm.
The analysis focuses on communicative practices – such as 'insulting remarks' and stylized forms of reported speech – used in doing identity work. It will be argued that these practices are related to linguistic ideologies; furthermore, they reflect on diversified belongings in a multi-cultural environment.


 To cite this publication:

Susanne Günthner: The dynamics of communicative practices in transmigrational contexts, InLiSt - Interaction and Linguistic Structures, No. 50, December 2010, URL: <http://www.inlist.uni-bayreuth.de/issues/49/InLiSt50.pdf>



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