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Explorations in Language and Linguistics

For Professor Piotr Stalmaszczyk on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday

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Edited By Łukasz Bogucki and Piotr Cap

This volume is dedicated to Professor Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Head of the Department of English and General Linguistics at the University of Łódź, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. It includes texts written by his students, colleagues and friends, dealing with a variety of urgent, widely discussed topics in the contemporary language studies. Spanning contributions from language history, philosophy, rhetoric and argumentation, methodology, and discourse studies, it provides an authoritative outline of the field and a timely response to the existing challenges, thus making for a concise handbook of modern linguistics. It is recommended to graduate students of philology, as well as researchers working in linguistics and other disciplines within the broad spectrum of humanities and social sciences.

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Representing Non-English Language Data in Discourse Studies: Insights from Interviews with Polish Migrants to the UK (Agnieszka Kiełkiewicz-Janowiak)

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Agnieszka Kiełkiewicz-Janowiak

Representing Non-English Language Data in Discourse Studies: Insights from Interviews with Polish Migrants to the UK*

Abstract: Focusing on interviews conducted with Polish migrants to the United Kingdom, the chapter reflects on issues of representation, in discourse studies, of spoken data collected in a language other than English.

In particular, attention is paid to an array of ‘cross-phenomena’, such as transitioning from the raw data to analysable data (recording, transcription and translation) and representing speakers transitioning between languages or language varieties.

Keywords: discourse studies – spoken data – non-English data – data representation – migration research

1 Introduction

Scholars all over the world need to tackle the problem of representing spoken data which were collected in a language other than English, and are to be presented on a forum of international debate, where access to relevant documentation is typically mediated through the English language. This chapter specifically addresses the problem in the area of discourse studies projects, in which the socio-cultural context of language use is often of fundamental significance.

Many linguists, including scholars in discourse studies (e.g. Nikander 2008, Sarangi 2010), have stressed the need to give audiences access to original data, i.e. ones collected during fieldwork in particular socio-linguistic contexts. What is called for is not just an adequate representation of the form, but also the function of the data under investigation, with a view of achieving ‘analytic transparency’ (see, for instance,...

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