Journal article

Positioning Selves in Narrative Accounts of Military Trauma

Brenda Laskey, Lesley Stirling

Applied Linguistics | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020


Linguistic and narrative strategies employed in two dyadic interviews of male veterans of the war in Afghanistan were analysed and compared. Each interviewee told chains of connected stories that positioned them in relation to catastrophic events and their effects. These incidents were framed as being linked to decisions that the teller had taken in perilous circumstances. Sequences of generic clauses in sections of orientation were used to manage knowledge asymmetries, to establish story world norms, to display professional, soldierly and veteran identities and to present danger, serious injury, and death as normative in the context of military work in a conflict zone. Resolutions to narrat..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship and by a small grant from the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.