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Title: Negotiating the racial other in interactions in English as a lingua franca
Authors: Nowicka, Agnieszka
Keywords: intercultural communication
ethnomethodological categorization analysis
racial other
social identity
English as a lingua franca
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press
Citation: Negotiating the racial other in interactions in English as a lingua franca”, in: Maria Jodłowiec and Justyna Leśniewska (eds.), Ambiguity and the Search for Meaning: English and American Studies at the Beginning of the 21st Century. Volume 2: Language and Culture. Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press, 113-126.
Abstract: The main aim of the paper is to show: first, how the descriptions of the racial other are realized in interactions in English as a lingua franca and next, how they influence the course of an interaction and the mutual relationship of interaction participants. Ethomethodological conversation analysis framework is used to observe social categorization process and thus the focus, itself phenomenological, is on how interaction participants themselves understand the meaning of racial descriptions as they are co-created in interactions. Namely, which of those descriptions are understood as negative assessments and hence treated as problematic by interaction participants and consequently repaired or moderated in interactions. Next, I aim to argue how the meaning of the category of the other in general but especially the racial other becomes an ambiguous and a touchy issue in intercultural communication and how it is negotiated. I intend to show how interaction participants characterize themselves as the racial other, how they create the category of a racist in reference to an ethnic category and how those descriptions are accounted for and construed to be perceived as valid ones and not as a display of prejudice or a negative stereotype.
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