Ethnography Of Discourse Essay Example

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My situated discourse project involved a “natural” recorded conversation between my two subjects, TD and ND, and me. The purpose of this experiment was to not only apply the skills that were learned in class in the real world, such as the Ethnography of Speaking, participant observation, and transcription, but also to see whether people communicate the way they believe they do, and compare their perceptions to reality. The following is derived from my data and observations. In order to understand their language ideologies, I, as the researcher, needed to interview my subjects prior to our discursive event. I asked many questions regarding their language habits and ideologies, and not only recorded their answers, but how they communicated …show more content…
To generally summarize the one hour that was recorded, the event mostly consisted of storytelling and the spreading of gossip by one of the subjects that covered a large range of topics as she cooked, while I and the other participant listened and responded when appropriate. One obvious act that was prevalent throughout the discursive event was the first subject’s lack of participation, despite his passion and interest in language. Whenever he did participate, it would be through a reaction to something that was said, or through something unrelated to what was being said, such as his gesture towards the stove within the first few minutes of the discursive event. While this did fit with his mentioning of the importance of listening when others are speaking, I also noticed that he fiddled with his smartphone periodically, but still attempted to participate in the conversation. The latter act contradicts another one of his answers, where he discussed body language and how one can learn a lot just by observing a person’s gestures and facial …show more content…
When asked about how she spoke, she replied with “Slow...always...and soft…” Even though she did speak at a gentle, almost motherly tone at most times, she did increase her volume whenever she was passionate, and definitely spoke quite rapidly whenever she would speak in her native language, Japanese. While transcribing a portion of the event, I noticed that a lot of her speech was underlined, which represents an increase in speed. Another demonstration of her contradicting her answers was how much of the body language and nonverbal communication that occurred was performed by her, despite her telling me during the interview that she did not use much body language at

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