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Title:Institutionalized identities in informal Kiswahili speech: analysis of a dispute between two adolescents
Author:D'Hondt, SigurdISNI
Year:1998
Periodical:Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere: Schriftenreihe des Kölner Instituts für Afrikanistik
Issue:55
Pages:115-128
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:language usage
Swahili language
Abstract:This article reconceptualizes the notion of institutionality in conversation analysis. It uses a fragment of a dialogue in Swahili recorded by the author's main informant in June 1996 in Sinza, a suburb of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. At the same time, it contains a substantive analysis of some of the procedures and situated practices the people in the sample resort to for accomplishing their interaction. The participants display not only an analysis of the immediately adjacent utterances, but their talk also contains an analysis of the wider or 'distal' context which becomes available as the conversation unfolds. The distal context originates in joint orientations to events in their shared interactional history and is mediated through institutionality, conceptualized as the reification of categorial identities, in this case the institutionalized Muslim identity of the two protagonists. The two senses of distal context, co-biography and institutionalization, intersect, in the sense that one is mediated by the other and vice versa. Analysis of the data sample suggests that communities, conceived of as functionally integrated wholes with, at the core, a common language (Swahili) and a common religion (Islam), are created, negotiated, sustained, and contested, as a constitutive part of participants' practices. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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