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Establishing social groups in Hebrew

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Abstract

This chapter explores the Hebrew <i>anaxnu</i> (&#8216;we&#8217;) in Israeli political radio phone-in programs. Using the &#8216;we,&#8217; participants create or refer to seven social groups: the conversation &#8216;we&#8217;; the program &#8216;we&#8217;; the delimited social &#8216;we&#8217;; the opposing general &#8216;we&#8217;, the open general &#8216;we&#8217;; the humanity &#8216;we&#8217;; and the vocal &#8216;we&#8217;. The functions of &#8216;we&#8217; differ by participant: hosts use the conversation &#8216;we&#8217; to manage interactions whereas callers use the general &#8216;we&#8217; to create a public sphere. Using an extended excerpt, we illustrate a variant of the &#8220;fluidity of &#8216;we&#8217;&#8221; and its significance to the participants&#8217; identity-displays. The first person plural therefore creates social groups in media interactions, both on the micro and macro societal levels.

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