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Community, Identity and Interpersonal Resources

  • Patrick Kiernan
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Abstract

The interpersonal metafunction refers to the dimension of language that is concerned most directly with identity. This interpersonal perspective on multimodality describes positionings of self and others. It is also concerned with evaluation and the marking of opinions. In particular, this chapter develops a model of the physical and gestural resources on an interrelated scale from the most general physical positionings provided by the seating arrangement, through body language, the physical negotiation of turn-taking, gesture and eye contact, as well as features such as tone of voice. The examples illustrate how these resources are used to evoke personal and group identities, allegiances and positionings including in relation to the interviewer, and absent teacher.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Kiernan
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  1. 1.KenkyutoMeiji UniversityTokyoJapan

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