In the era of superdiversity, new conceptualisations are necessary for the understanding of the social landscape of our contemporary world. Two such domains are identities, which are liminal, in flux and complex phenomena that emerge and shift in local discourse contexts of interaction, and language learning and use. This paper reflects on these contemporary developments and their impact on approaches to research on English language and identities today. The focus is on the identity of the researcher, which is explored first via an exploration of definitions of roles, positions and language. Then, of the various facets constituting researcher identity, the way in which the researcher speaks emerges as a fundamental catalyst in the construction of participant identities, understandings of English(es) and manifestations of language attitudes. By providing examples of how meaning is negotiated and constructed during interview exchanges, this paper highlights how the interview is influenced by the researcher. The paper argues that an explicit consideration of the researcher role, her position and her language, all understood not as fixed but as dynamic and fluid, is pivotal in studies about identities, English varieties and attitudes towards Englishes. Thus, it invites researcher transparency and reflexivity in researching English(es) today.

Roles, Positions and Language in Researching English(es) Today

Aiello J
2018

Abstract

In the era of superdiversity, new conceptualisations are necessary for the understanding of the social landscape of our contemporary world. Two such domains are identities, which are liminal, in flux and complex phenomena that emerge and shift in local discourse contexts of interaction, and language learning and use. This paper reflects on these contemporary developments and their impact on approaches to research on English language and identities today. The focus is on the identity of the researcher, which is explored first via an exploration of definitions of roles, positions and language. Then, of the various facets constituting researcher identity, the way in which the researcher speaks emerges as a fundamental catalyst in the construction of participant identities, understandings of English(es) and manifestations of language attitudes. By providing examples of how meaning is negotiated and constructed during interview exchanges, this paper highlights how the interview is influenced by the researcher. The paper argues that an explicit consideration of the researcher role, her position and her language, all understood not as fixed but as dynamic and fluid, is pivotal in studies about identities, English varieties and attitudes towards Englishes. Thus, it invites researcher transparency and reflexivity in researching English(es) today.
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