Comparing stories told in sociolinguistic interviews and spontaneous conversation

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Abstract In this article I challenge the notion that interviews are artificial speech events, by comparing how one participant told stories in a sociolinguistic interview and again in a subsequent spontaneous conversation. As shown by qualitative and quantitative comparison of speaker-role inhabitance (Koven 2002, 2007), I show that the interview stories are no less involved (Tannen 1989), and are actually more interlocutory than the conversational stories. With these comparative materials, I demonstrate how interviews may be contexts in which people (re)tell experiences that they may also tell in "naturally occurring" contexts. (Narrative, interviews, footing, retellings)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-89
Number of pages15
JournalLanguage in Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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