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‘He was obliged to seek refuge’: an illustrative example of a cross-language interview analysis

‘He was obliged to seek refuge’: an illustrative example of a cross-language interview analysis

Kalocsányiová, Erika ORCID: 0000-0002-3535-1084 and Shatnawi, Malika (2020) ‘He was obliged to seek refuge’: an illustrative example of a cross-language interview analysis. Qualitative Research. ISSN 1468-7941 (Print), 1741-3109 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794120952020)

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Abstract

This paper provides one of the first inquiries into the interactional dynamics of an interpreter-mediated research encounter. All spoken interactions – that is, originals and real-time translations produced in a multilingual interview conducted with a Syrian refugee – were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim using conversation analysis notation, retranslated and collaboratively analysed from three major perspectives: common language, equivalence, and loss and gain in translation. A stimulated recall interview, field notes and audio-recorded work sessions documenting our interpretative practices complement the data. Fixing our analytical gaze on the minute details of language use across English–Arabic allowed for a novel inquiry into specific moments of meaning making, role performances and rapport building in qualitative interviewing. Our examples illustrate how an agreed-on sense of the source meaning is established not only during the interview itself, but also at the point of its multilingual representation and analysis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interpreter-mediated interview, multilingual research, loss and gain in translation, collaborative analysis
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Thinking and Learning
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2021 08:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 4
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29922

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