Negative self-categorization, stance, affect, and affiliation in autobiographical storytelling

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This study examines pejorative self-categorizations in troubles-tellings vis-à-vis the Hindi and English medium education of two Indian women within the institutional context of qualitative research interviews. Sequential conversation analysis and membership categorization analysis are combined to analyze how the interviewees manage emotional displays in relation to socio-linguistic identities and categories. Analysis reveals that while explicitly discriminatory categorizations with accompanying affect-implicative resources such as laughter tokens and prosodic variation are produced by the interviewees to reference themselves, this is done in the pursuit of recipient affiliation. Findings demonstrate that these Hindi-speaking interviewees orient to the same desire for recipient affiliation to their expressed emotional stances as has been found in monolingual and English troubles-tellings produced in interview and non-­interview settings.


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