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Mapping perceptions and knowledge of language: Societal multilingualism and its sociopragmatic grounding


Purschke, Christoph; Schmalz, Mirjam (2022). Mapping perceptions and knowledge of language: Societal multilingualism and its sociopragmatic grounding. In: Jucker, Andreas H; Hausendorf, Heiko. Pramgatics of Space. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 679-714.

Abstract

This chapter outlines different methodological approaches to the visualization of perceptions and their socio-pragmatic grounding, ranging from traditional draw-a-map tasks to white-canvas tasks, language-portrait tasks, and pile-sort tasks. While the methods presented are traditionally used in sociolinguistics, this chapter illustrates their validity for pragmatic research by means of a case study conducted in Luxembourg and Switzerland. There, participants were asked to visualize multilingualism in their respective country, both individually, as well as in a collaborative task. On the one hand, the analysis of their drawings shows several recurring motifs in the individual participant groups, such as a geographical language distribution in Switzerland, or situations of daily routines in Luxembourg. On the other hand, the group tasks furthermore represent rich data, with each individual negotiation presenting a mirror of social practices as a whole.

Abstract

This chapter outlines different methodological approaches to the visualization of perceptions and their socio-pragmatic grounding, ranging from traditional draw-a-map tasks to white-canvas tasks, language-portrait tasks, and pile-sort tasks. While the methods presented are traditionally used in sociolinguistics, this chapter illustrates their validity for pragmatic research by means of a case study conducted in Luxembourg and Switzerland. There, participants were asked to visualize multilingualism in their respective country, both individually, as well as in a collaborative task. On the one hand, the analysis of their drawings shows several recurring motifs in the individual participant groups, such as a geographical language distribution in Switzerland, or situations of daily routines in Luxembourg. On the other hand, the group tasks furthermore represent rich data, with each individual negotiation presenting a mirror of social practices as a whole.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > General Arts and Humanities
Social Sciences & Humanities > General Social Sciences
Language:English
Date:5 September 2022
Deposited On:08 Nov 2022 16:17
Last Modified:24 Mar 2024 04:49
Publisher:De Gruyter
Series Name:Handbooks of Pragmatics [HOPS]
ISSN:1877-9611
ISBN:9783110693553
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110693713-021
Official URL:https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9783110693713-021/html