Arabic, Self and Autoethnography
The chapter deals with the language-Self link in the study of Arabic in the social world. For this purpose, the chapter investigates two sites in the authors’ linguistic behaviour as a teacher trainer in the Arabian Gulf region for the symbolic meanings these sites can. Central to this investigation is the concept of identity as a continuum which on one side is bounded by fixity and on the other by variability. The Self here is treated as a repertoire of roles, resources and attributes that are context-dependent. The material in this chapter is presented as an autoethnography. It is written in a first-person voice to reflect on the experiences of the researcher as researched subject, using memory, introspection, self-reports and personal interpretation to retrieve the data and explain them.
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