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Meet the Researchers Open Lecture

30 Oct 2015

On 4 November (5.30-6.30pm) in Simon Building, Lecture Theatre C

Sheena Kalayil from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures will be giving an insight into her research as part of the SALC Meet the Researchers lecture series.

Sheena said: "My target group are professional South Asians who have married out of their ethnic and linguistic group. I chose to focus on this group as they are currently under-represented in linguistic studies, and because I was interested in the relationship these ostensibly assimilated members of UK society had with their Heritage Languages. Further, I wanted to investigate the role that the Heritage Language now played in their lives as parents of dual-heritage children.

"I use a narrative approach, an umbrella term used to describe research which uses oral or written life-stories as data. In my case, I have elicited narratives from my participants through semi-structured interviews. I am analysing this data through two approaches: through a thematic analysis of certain discourse features, and through a close look at how the narratives are jointly-constructed within the interview."

Everyone is welcome and attendance is free, but please register online, where you will also find details of other talks in the series: