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Language choice and participation management in international work meetings

  • This chapter focuses on the way in which co-present parties in meetings manage language choice and treat it as raising problems of participation - in the sense that participants can orient to the fact that a given language choice may increase or diminish participation for some or all co-present group members. Choosing one language rather than another is approached here as a members' problem (in an ethnomethodological sense), and as a decision the participants make themselves, in situ and within their courses of action, displaying the way in which they orient to its local consequences, and how they justify and legitimize it. In order to explore this link between language choice and participation systematically, in this chapter we focus on a particular and recurrent phenomenon, the announcement of a language change. Within the conversation analysis framework, we analyse these announcements by taking into account the sequential position in which they occur, their format, the way in which they are addressed to a sub-group or to the group as a whole, and the specific action they accomplish. We will also look at how the group receives the announcement, its effects on the participation framework, as well as the categorizations that ensue from it. This chapter therefore highlights the mutual configuration between language choice and participation framework. Our analyses are based on several video- and audio-recorded corpora of international work meetings. These video data call for reflection not only on the linguistic dimension of participation frameworks and language switches, but more broadly on their multimodal organization. This chapter shows that multimodal details are crucial if we aim to understand the relation between multilingualism and participation as occasioned, contingent and emergent dynamics.

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Author:Vassiliki MarkakiORCiD, Sara MerlinoORCiD, Lorenza MondadaORCiDGND, Florence OloffORCiDGND, Véronique TraversoGND
Parent Title (English):Multilingual Encounters in Europe's Institutional Spaces
Series (Serial Number):Advances in Sociolinguistics (-)
Place of publication:London
Editor:Johann W. Unger, Michal Krzyzanowski, Ruth Wodak
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2014
Date of Publication (online):2022/03/18
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
GND Keyword:Konversationsanalyse; Korpus <Linguistik>; Mehrsprachigkeit; Partizipation; Sprachwechsel; Verkehrssprache; Zusammenkunft
First Page:43
Last Page:74
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:nein
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt