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Metaphorical sense-making: visual-narrative language portraits of South African students
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Number of Authors: 22018 (English)In: Qualitative Research in Psychology, ISSN 1478-0887, E-ISSN 1478-0895, Vol. 15, no 2-3, p. 412-430Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article reflects on a creative visual-narrative approach to understanding South African students' lived experiences of languages. Data were collected in two interviews: the first entailing a biographical history and the drawing of a linguistic portrait on a simple body outline and the second a narrative interview utilising the portrait generated in the first as a basis for talking about language and identity. Framing the research process in this creative visual mode shifts the focus of narrative talk, simultaneously grounding it in affective, embodied experience, and enabling a reflexive position from which to analyse the taken-for-granted role of language in the minutiae of everyday life. The theoretical lenses of identity and subjectivity are invigorated through these metaphorical representations, and new creative possibilities are released for analysing the role of language in mediating shifting power dynamics in post-apartheid and postcolonial South African life.

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2018. Vol. 15, no 2-3, p. 412-430
Keywords [en]
embodiment, identity, language, metaphor, narrative, subjectivity, Visual methods
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Languages and Literature Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157851DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2018.1430735ISI: 000434195900026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157851DiVA, id: diva2:1223562
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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