The articles collected in this Special Issue demonstrate the productivity and significance of recent developments in sociolinguistic and discourse analytic studies of narrative thanks to their adoption of interactionally sensitive and practice oriented approaches. In addition to providing an excellent sample of this kind of recent work in the area, the articles presented here also contribute in a substantial way to scholarship in the field by highlighting the role that a combination of narrative analysis and ethnographic methods can have in the development of a paradigm able to account for people’s experiences and identity constructions in a global and interconnected world. Indeed, all the articles have in common a focus on how storytelling shapes and is shaped by linguistic encounters and linguistic diversity in and across different contexts. An account of such processes within traditional narrative paradigms based on the view of stories as texts or as decontextualized genres would be impossible and it is precisely the authors’ adoption of a practice based and ethnographically oriented perspective that allows them to deal with issues of circulation and mobility, which are at the core of late modern experiences. At the same time, the contributors show how the rejection of text
International Journal of the Sociology of Language – de Gruyter
Published: Mar 26, 2018
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