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Reading groups and the language of literary texts: a case study in social reading

Swann, Joan and Allington, Daniel (2009). Reading groups and the language of literary texts: a case study in social reading. Language and Literature, 18(3) pp. 247–264.

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Abstract

This article analyses discourse arising in reading group discussions as an instance of a real-world literary reading practice; it arises from and reports on the AHRC-funded Discourse of Reading Groups project. This naturalistic, observational approach to literary reading is contrasted with experimental approaches. Excerpts from the total dataset in which the language of literary texts is discussed are here subjected to two forms of analysis: software-assisted qualitative analysis suggests that where participants appear to make reference to their subjective responses to texts, this often has the function of presenting evaluations of those texts in mitigated form; interactional sociolinguistic analysis shows the sequential emergence of 'language' as a discussion topic, how discussion of language is co-constructed between participants and how such literary activity is culturally, interactionally and interpersonally contingent. 'Face' emerges as a key explanatory concept in both analyses.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0963-9470
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 17924
Depositing User: Daniel Allington
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2009 10:49
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2013 22:56
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/17924
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