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Ethnic Categorization in Interviews in English as a Lingua Franca


Agnieszka Nowicka

The book looks into the in situ organization of ethnic and racial categorization in interviews in English as a lingua franca. It proposes the combined ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approach. The author shows that the negotiation of ethnic identity categories concerns stereotypes and evaluations included in ethnic categorization. She establishes that the ways of negotiating ethnic identity categories are largely systematic, which indicates that talk participants share the norms of construing ethnic identity categories and recognize preferred and dispreferred categorization. The book reveals that ambiguous categorial references are a special challenge for talk participants. Social types and groups are used not only to create but also to avoid prejudiced ethnic categorization.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Nowicka, Agnieszka (Linguist) author. Title: Ethnic categorization in interviews in English as a Lingua Franca / Agnieszka Nowicka. Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, [2017] | Series: Posener beiträge zur angewandten linguistik; Vol. 9 | Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2016056959| ISBN 9783631649947 (Print) | ISBN 9783653041507 (E-PDF) | ISBN 9783631705230 (EPUB) | ISBN 9783631705247 (MOBI) Subjects: LCSH: English language—Spoken English. | English language—Social aspects. | Lingua francas. | Conversation analysis. | Ethnomethodology. | Communication, International. Classification: LCC PE1074.8 N69 2017 | DDC 306.442/210089—dc23 LC record available at

Copy edited by Ewa Wiśniewska Reviewer: o. Univ. Prof. em. Dr. habil. Barbara Kryk-Kastovsky (University of Vienna)

This publication was financially supported by the Institute of Applied Linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures at Adam Mickiewicz University and the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University.

Umschlagabbildungen: Logo und Aula der Adam Mickiewicz-Universität Poznań Abdruck mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Adam-Mickiewicz-Universität Poznań.

ISSN 2191-3536 ISBN 978-3-631-64994-7 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-04150-7 (E-PDF) E-ISBN 978-3-631-70523-0 (EPUB) E-ISBN 978-3-631-70524-7 (MOBI) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-04150-7

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