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Notes on linguistic ethnography as a liminal activity

Geert Jacobs UGent and Stef Slembrouck UGent (2010) TEXT & TALK. 30(2). p.235-244
abstract
Linguistic ethnography has rapidly secured itself a place among the most commonly used paradigms for analyzing language in use. In this discussion paper we present a bird's eye view of the state of linguistic ethnography as it is reflected in the papers included in this volume. We propose to identify the main theoretical and methodological concerns that seem to emerge across the research presented here. Some of them center around the etic-emic, frontstage-backstage, text-context, and linguistics-ethnography questions. While ultimately these issues cannot be resolved, we argue that they nevertheless continue to provide an impetus for ethnographic inquiry and a frame within which to explore the specific challenges of doing language and communicative analysis in institutional sites in the contemporary era. In the end, we suggest that linguistic ethnography should perhaps be seen as a liminal activity, with both the researchers and the language they investigate situated within and across different worlds. The present approach is an empirical one since we propose a close reading of the papers in this volume as "texts" and we examine them not to provide a state-of-the-art survey of linguistic ethnography but to unravel some of the cues that these texts contain regarding the practices constituting linguistic ethnography as a part of social reality.
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published
subject
keyword
emic/etic, frontstage/backstage, text/context, institutions, linguistics, ethnography
journal title
TEXT & TALK
Text Talk
volume
30
issue
2
pages
10 pages
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000276050900008
JCR category
LINGUISTICS
JCR impact factor
0.493 (2010)
JCR rank
79/141 (2010)
JCR quartile
3 (2010)
ISSN
1860-7330
DOI
10.1515/TEXT.2010.012
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
925143
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-925143
date created
2010-04-14 09:27:50
date last changed
2010-04-15 14:34:26
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  author       = {Jacobs, Geert and Slembrouck, Stef},
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  keyword      = {emic/etic,frontstage/backstage,text/context,institutions,linguistics,ethnography},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {235--244},
  title        = {Notes on linguistic ethnography as a liminal activity},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2010.012},
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Chicago
Jacobs, Geert, and Stef Slembrouck. 2010. “Notes on Linguistic Ethnography as a Liminal Activity.” Text & Talk 30 (2): 235–244.
APA
Jacobs, Geert, & Slembrouck, S. (2010). Notes on linguistic ethnography as a liminal activity. TEXT & TALK, 30(2), 235–244.
Vancouver
1.
Jacobs G, Slembrouck S. Notes on linguistic ethnography as a liminal activity. TEXT & TALK. 2010;30(2):235–44.
MLA
Jacobs, Geert, and Stef Slembrouck. “Notes on Linguistic Ethnography as a Liminal Activity.” TEXT & TALK 30.2 (2010): 235–244. Print.