Are you a Canadian or British expat? Have you lived in or around Washington DC for at least ten years? If so, I’d like to talk to you about your expat experience, the places you’ve lived, and communication differences in your home and adopted regions. My current research focuses on the relationship between language and sense of place among geographically mobile speakers; by studying this topic, I hope to learn more about how language works, and how people use language to express their personal identity and achieve social goals like fitting in to a new community.
If you decide to participate in my study, we’ll sit down and have a conversation, simple as that. I'll ask for your thoughts on questions like:
- How do people interact with one another back in your home city/town, and how do they do so here?
- What differences have you noticed in culture, values, and language?
- Do you think your own communication patterns have changed as a result of moving around? Do you find yourself speaking differently to different kinds of people?
I’ll also ask you to read a list of words and comment on some of those words. All of this will be audio recorded for later analysis (if you’d like a copy of the recording, I’m happy to give you one). The interview can take place anywhere convenient and comfortable for you, as long as the setting is reasonably quiet; I'd love to be able to talk to you for about an hour to an hour and a half, but shorter (or longer!) conversations are possible if that better suits your schedule and interests.
For more information, please email me at jennifer dot nycz at georgetown.edu. I look forward to hearing from you!