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Being Specific About Generalization: Kyrgyz Habitual Narratives in Ethnographic Interviews
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6037-757X
2016 (English)In: Language Change in Central Asia / [ed] Ahn, Elise S. / Smagulova, Juldyz, Berlin: DE GRUYTER MOUTON , 2016, p. 33-58Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter develops a linguistic anthropological analysis of the ways habitual aspect is used in Kyrgyz narratives within interviews. Based in research on habitual aspect in linguistics, linguistic anthropology and narratology, the analysis shows how respondents alternate among expressions describing singular and repeated events. Despite the broad relevance of this topic to ethnographic interviewing, the pragmatics of habitual aspect have not been systematically examined. This introductory overview of the wide spectrum of Kyrgyz uses of habitual aspect in describing cultural practices, personal experiences and historical accounts, demonstrates the value of this approach to understanding the relationship of social activities and habitual narrative.

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Berlin: DE GRUYTER MOUTON , 2016. p. 33-58
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Contributions to the Sociology of Language, ISSN 1861-0676 ; 106
Keywords [en]
sociolinguistics, ethnographic interviewing, Kyrgyzstan, habitual aspect, generalization
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General Language Studies and Linguistics Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Social Anthropology
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Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-272515ISBN: 978-1-61451-453-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-272515DiVA, id: diva2:894302
Available from: 2016-01-14 Created: 2016-01-14 Last updated: 2018-03-05

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