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Conducting interlinguistic research: Dilemmas, reflections and opportunities

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2016
EventInternational Institute for Qualitative Methodology Annual Conference - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 May 20165 May 2016


ConferenceInternational Institute for Qualitative Methodology Annual Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom


This paper discusses the distinctive experiences of a non-native English speaking researcher conducting language-intensive research in English. Drawing upon research notes and data from my completed doctoral project, in this work I explore some of the complexities I encountered in interviewing participants in a second language, and in some cases, a lingua franca; and in engaging with language-focused coding and analysis in English. Through these anecdotes I illuminate some often ignored advantages of second-language use when conducting research. Ultimately, I wish to draw attention to the volatile nature of any 'shared' language, the fluidity of space(s) in-between researcher, participant and data, and the importance of reflexivity and cultural awareness in qualitative research practice.


International Institute for Qualitative Methodology Annual Conference


Glasgow, United Kingdom

Event: Conference

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