Sociolinguistic anatomy of mobility: Evidence from Qatar
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Abstract This is a sociocultural linguistic study on the ways whereby mobility is reflected upon in life narratives. An ethnographically informed sociolinguistic scale analysis shows that when residents narrate their life experience before and after they come to work in Qatar, they construct their sense of mobility as a system with two axes on which people locate themselves: one horizontal, with a spatiotemporal focus, and one vertical with a social stratification focus. The spatiotemporal dimension is constructed through stancetaking, while the social stratification dimension through upper- and lower-level scales. Epistemologically speaking, this study contributes towards the modeling of mobility as a constructed experience in an under researched absolute monarchy-led, financially booming, rapidly expanding and globalized context, such as Qatar.
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