Introduction

Introduction 1Narrative and linguistic ethnographyThis special issue critically explores the relationship between narrative, in its different forms, and ethnography, attending to storytelling practices that emerge in linguistic ethnographies carried out in different multilingual settings. This primary objective is in tune with some of the methodological concerns of the sociology of language, which has contemplated ethnographic observations to study bi/multilingualism in combination with a variety of methods to meet its “social problems”-oriented research agenda (Fishman 1972).The “narrative turn” in the social sciences (Bruner 1991) that correlated with linguistic studies in Labov and Waletsky’s (1967) study of narratives of personal experience as a method for gathering naturally occurring data, legitimated narrative as a valid mode of inquiry, as well as an umbrella term for a variety of ways of conducting research. Consequently, discursive and sociolinguistic studies have approached different types of narrative (e.g. life-stories, conversational narratives, small stories, linguistic biographies, etc.) from different analytical perspectives.Broadly speaking, as in the focus of discursive studies, storytelling and the narratives resulting from this social activity have been analyzed using a combination of methodological tools, including some employed in disciplines such as linguistic anthropology, (micro-) sociology and social psychology. Consequently, narratives have been addressed in terms http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of the Sociology of Language de Gruyter

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de Gruyter
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© 2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
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1613-3668
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1613-3668
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10.1515/ijsl-2017-0052
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Abstract

1Narrative and linguistic ethnographyThis special issue critically explores the relationship between narrative, in its different forms, and ethnography, attending to storytelling practices that emerge in linguistic ethnographies carried out in different multilingual settings. This primary objective is in tune with some of the methodological concerns of the sociology of language, which has contemplated ethnographic observations to study bi/multilingualism in combination with a variety of methods to meet its “social problems”-oriented research agenda (Fishman 1972).The “narrative turn” in the social sciences (Bruner 1991) that correlated with linguistic studies in Labov and Waletsky’s (1967) study of narratives of personal experience as a method for gathering naturally occurring data, legitimated narrative as a valid mode of inquiry, as well as an umbrella term for a variety of ways of conducting research. Consequently, discursive and sociolinguistic studies have approached different types of narrative (e.g. life-stories, conversational narratives, small stories, linguistic biographies, etc.) from different analytical perspectives.Broadly speaking, as in the focus of discursive studies, storytelling and the narratives resulting from this social activity have been analyzed using a combination of methodological tools, including some employed in disciplines such as linguistic anthropology, (micro-) sociology and social psychology. Consequently, narratives have been addressed in terms

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