Sophia University LIFIC:

Participant Relations in Qualitative Research Interviews

Date: Thursday, May 24th, 2012 Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Speaker: Gabriele Kasper (University of Hawai'i)

Research interviews are the data collection method of choice for a range of topics and purposes in qualitative applied linguistics. However only recently have applied linguists begun to theorize the research interview and to make the interview interaction itself a topic of investigation. One important concern in the design of qualitative research interviews is how much or how little the interviewer and the interviewee should have in common. The commonalities and differences between the interview participants are assumed to shape the interview interaction and hence the potential for generating informative and rich data on the interview topic. This talk will first discuss different recommendations on interviewer - interviewee relations made in the methodological literature on qualitative research interviews. It will then examine how the participants in a large qualitative interview study position themselves and each other in the ongoing interaction on such matters as cultural, linguistic, and historical knowledge, and how such knowledge claims and attributions invoke identities and community memberships.

Organization: Sophia University Linguistic Institute for International Communication and Information Research Laboratories (Sophia University LIFIC)

Cost: free (please pre-register if possible)

Venue: Room L-921, Central Library Building, Sophia University, Tokyo

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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