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Positioning in adolescents’ peer co-narrations: The case of mock fiction

  • Mock fiction is a genre of humorous, fictional narratives. It is pervasive in adolescents’ peer-group interaction. Building on a corpus of informal peer-group interaction among 14 to 17 year-old German adolescents, it is shown how mock fiction is used to sanction identity-claims of peer-group co-members that are taken to be inadequate by the teller of a mock fiction. Mock fiction exposes and ridicules those claims by fictional exaggeration. Mock fiction is an indirect, yet sometimes even highly abusive means for criticizing and negotiating identities and statuses of peer-group members. The analysis shows how mock fiction is collaboratively produced, how it is used to convey criticism and to negotiate social norms indirectly, and how, in addition, it allows for performative self-positioning of the tellers as skilled, entertaining tellers and socio-psychological diagnosticians.

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Author:Arnulf DeppermannORCiDGND
Parent Title (German):Begegnen, Bewegen und Synergien stiften. Transdisziplinäre Beiträge zu Kulturen, Performanzen und Methoden
Place of publication:Wiesbaden
Editor:Marc Dietrich, Irene Leser, Katja Mruck, Paul Sebastian Ruppel, Anja Schwentesius, Rubina Vock
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2021
Date of Publication (online):2021/12/07
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
Tag:conversation analysis; conversational narrative; humor; peer-group interaction; positioning
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Fiktion; Humor; Interaktion; Konversationsanalyse; Peer-Group; Soziale Norm
First Page:55
Last Page:76
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Gesprächsforschung / Gesprochene Sprache
Program areas:P1: Interaktion
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt