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Fieldwork bliss! Building relationships with participants

I wasn’t really sure what to write about in the past few weeks as I thought nothing interesting was happening, but I just thought that’s naive. I got things going on – writing a book chapter, preparing for a conference, summer school training… and most importantly – fieldwork! Thinking back, I have always been excited […]

I am bilingual

I have meant to talk about bilingualism and the experiences of living with two languages for a while. I have felt a bit more motivated by the fact that I have to develop very real and trustworthy relationships with my research participants who are all bilingual and multilingual. The fact that I am in a similar position using two different languages on a daily basis is an enormous advantage for making that special connection. I know what they are going through as I have experienced it myself – all the ups and downs, making conscious and not so conscious choices about what language to use, trying to remember words and phrases, having it all in context…