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Divergent Perspectives and Social Style in Conflict Talk

  • In this paper, we analyze a dramatically aggravated conflict interaction taking place in the course of an association’s meeting in an urban community center. The interaction can be seen as the culmination point of a social conflict developing and increasing over a period of years. In this conflict, one of the crucial points of the sociocultural development in the city under study is to be seen in an exemplary way. Our analysis started with the question, why this conflict is unsolvable although the interest divergences of the opposing parties are not irreconcilable. Our analysis shows that the protagonists practice different communicative social styles. These stylistic differences however, are not the cause for misunderstandings, but the protagonists use stylistic differences and different cultural orientations as a resource for political action. Thereby a process of increasing hardening of perspective divergence emerges together with an interaction modality of drama and of the fundamental grounding of divergent views. Theoretically we are concerned with the explication of a sociolinguistic theory which includes as constitutive components the concepts of communicative social style, of perspectivation and of interaction modality. We want to show, that the analyzed type of sociocultural conflict can be explained by virtue of considering the interplay of features on these three levels.

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Author:Werner Kallmeyer, Inken KeimGND
Parent Title (English):Folia Linguistica
Publisher:de Gruyter
Place of publication:Berlin/New York
Editor:Hubert Cuyckens, Muriel Norde, Helga Kotthoff
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:1996
Date of Publication (online):2016/08/31
GND Keyword:Interaktionsanalyse; Jugendlicher; Migrationshintergrund; Sozialer Konflikt; Sprachstil
First Page:271
Last Page:298
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 410 Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
BDSL-Classification:Sprache im 20. Jahrhundert. Gegenwartssprache
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0 Deutschland