‘Demystifying’ multilingual fieldwork: on the importance of documenting and reflecting on language learning in ethnographic research

Gibb, R. (2019) ‘Demystifying’ multilingual fieldwork: on the importance of documenting and reflecting on language learning in ethnographic research. In: Gibb, R., Tremlett, A. and Danero Iglesias, J. (eds.) Learning and Using Languages in Ethnographic Research. Series: Researching multilingually. Multilingual Matters: Bristol. ISBN 9781788925914 (In Press)

Gibb, R. (2019) ‘Demystifying’ multilingual fieldwork: on the importance of documenting and reflecting on language learning in ethnographic research. In: Gibb, R., Tremlett, A. and Danero Iglesias, J. (eds.) Learning and Using Languages in Ethnographic Research. Series: Researching multilingually. Multilingual Matters: Bristol. ISBN 9781788925914 (In Press)

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Abstract

Drawing on my experiences of conducting ethnographic research in France and Bulgaria, I argue in this chapter that documenting and reflecting on language learning has a crucial part to play in breaking the silence that often still surrounds how researchers learn and use different languages for fieldwork. I begin by highlighting the fact that my PhD thesis was effectively ‘silent’ about such questions, before describing how in recent research in Bulgaria I attempted to document and analyse my language learning practices much more systematically. I then compare the approaches to language learning I adopted for these two studies, showing how my language learning practices in relation to Bulgarian were informed by what I had learned from reflecting on my experience of using French for my PhD work. Finally, I suggest that ‘demystifying’ multilingual fieldwork also requires an open discussion with the bodies that fund

Item Type:Book Sections (Other)
Status:In Press
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gibb, Dr Robert
Authors: Gibb, R.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Publisher:Multilingual Matters
ISBN:9781788925914

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
629411Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law, and the StateAlison PhippsArts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/L006936/1ED - EDUCATION