Objects as artifacts: synchronic convergence in multilingual contexts

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dc.contributor.author Divita, David
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-04T06:55:33Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-04T06:55:33Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Divita, D. (2011). Objects as artifacts: synchronic convergence in multilingual contexts. Apples – Journal of Applied Language Studies Vol. 5, 1 , p. 13–26
dc.identifier.issn 1457-9863
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/27265
dc.description.abstract In this paper, I propose a shift in analytic focus from language to artifacts – that is, to personally meaningful objects that surface in interaction and generate talk – as a means of accounting for the historical dimension of the relationship between form and meaning. Artifacts activate memories and feelings from other times and places, informing ways of speaking in the conversational here-and-now. By applying discourse analysis to a conversation recorded during fieldwork at a social center for Spanish senior citizens in Paris, I show how various timescales – that is, the microgenetic scale of unfolding talk, the “series of connected discourse events” over weeks, months or even years, and the ontogenetic scale of individuals’ lives (Larsen-Freeman and Cameron 2008: 169) – converge in a single interaction. Such timescales inform not only the social meanings (the identities, stances, alignments) that individuals create, but also the linguistic resources they use to do so. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Jyväskylä
dc.relation.ispartofseries Apples - Journal of Applied Language Studies
dc.relation.uri http://apples.jyu.fi
dc.subject.other multilingualism en
dc.subject.other discourse en
dc.subject.other timescales en
dc.subject.other artifacts en
dc.title Objects as artifacts: synchronic convergence in multilingual contexts en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011070411110
dc.subject.kota 612
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/type/status/PeerReviewed

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