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Subject/Keyword
Discourse Analysis as Ideology Analysis
Community
Positioning
Identity
Cultural Discourse Analysis
German-Canadian
Membership
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Hilden, Barbara L.
Supervisor and department
Dailey-O'Cain, Jennifer
Examining committee member and department
Nedashkivska, Alla (MLCS)
Palmer, Andie (Anthropology)
Department
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Specialization
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Date accepted
2014-04-01T14:14:06Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis is a linguistic examination of the construction of German-Canadian identity in two urban Canadian communities: Edmonton, Alberta and Waterloo, Ontario. Combining the complementary frameworks of van Dijk’s (1995) Discourse Analysis as Ideology Analysis and Carbaugh’s (2007) Cultural Discourse Analysis, this thesis takes a cultural approach to examine how German-Canadian immigrants construct identity, position membership, and enact belonging. Through an examination of 91 interviews recorded with self-described German-Canadians, this thesis identifies specific linguistic tools by which these participants make Germanness and Canadianness relevant in conversation. It examines the means by which community and belonging are expressed, and it considers the categories of membership which participants wittingly and unwittingly construct.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3911C
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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