Semi-Structured Interviews

Karatsareas, P. 2022. Semi-Structured Interviews. in: Kircher, R. and Zipp, L. (ed.) Research Methods in Language Attitudes Cambridge, UK Cambridge University Press. pp. 99-113

Chapter titleSemi-Structured Interviews
AuthorsKaratsareas, P.
EditorsKircher, R. and Zipp, L.
Abstract

This chapter shows how semi-structured interviews can contribute to the study of language attitudes. It pays particular attention to how understanding interviews as contextually and socially situated speech events, shaped by the spatial and temporal context in which they take place and the relationship between interviewer(s) and interviewee(s), is crucial for the analysis and interpretation of interview data. It addresses the strengths of using interviews to investigate attitudes (e.g. that they may bring to light new information, new topics, and new dimensions to established knowledge) as well as their limitations (e.g. that participants may say what they believe the interviewer wants to hear or agree with the interviewer’s questions, regardless of their content). Following a discussion of the key practical issues of planning and research design including constructing an interview protocol, choosing the language or variety to use in the interview, and presenting multiple languages or varieties in interview transcripts, it explains how the qualitative data resulting from semi-structured interviews can be analysed thematically. The chapter ends with an illustration of interview methodology on the basis of a case study of attitudes towards Cypriot Greek in London’s Greek Cypriot diaspora.

Keywordssociolinguistics
language attitudes
interviews
semi-structured interviews
research methods
qualitative research
Book titleResearch Methods in Language Attitudes
Page range99-113
Year2022
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication dates
PublishedJul 2022
Place of publicationCambridge, UK
ISBN9781108811668
9781108867788
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108867788.010
Web address (URL)https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/research-methods-linguistics/research-methods-language-attitudes?format=PB

Related outputs

Where two worlds meet: language policing in mainstream and complementary schools in England
Cushing, I., Georgiou, A. and Karatsareas, P. 2021. Where two worlds meet: language policing in mainstream and complementary schools in England. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2021.1933894

Linguistic (il)legitimacy in Migration Encounters
Karatsareas, P. 2021. Linguistic (il)legitimacy in Migration Encounters. Languages. 6 (2) e66. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6020066

The UK’s shifting diasporic landscape: negotiating ethnolinguistic heterogeneity in Greek complementary schools post-2010
Karatsareas, P. 2021. The UK’s shifting diasporic landscape: negotiating ethnolinguistic heterogeneity in Greek complementary schools post-2010. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 2021 (269), pp. 99-121. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2020-0004

Exploring linguistic hybridity and lexical creativity in the UK’s Greek Cypriot diaspora: the Grenglish project
Karatsareas, P. and Charalambidou, A. 2020. Exploring linguistic hybridity and lexical creativity in the UK’s Greek Cypriot diaspora: the Grenglish project. Cahiers du Centre d’Études Chypriotes. 50, p. 431–456.

Uncovering variation within urban multilingualism
Karatsareas, P. 2020. Uncovering variation within urban multilingualism. in: Mar-Molinero, C, (ed.) Researching Language in Superdiverse Urban Contexts: Exploring Methodological and Theoretical Concepts Bristol Multilingual Matters. pp. 106–130

Differential Object Marking and Language Contact: An Introduction to this Special Issue
Karatsareas, P. and Mardale, A. 2020. Differential Object Marking and Language Contact: An Introduction to this Special Issue. Journal of Language Contact. 13 (1), pp. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1163/19552629-bja10001

Why and how to integrate non-standard linguistic varieties into education: Cypriot Greek in Cyprus and the UK
Ioannidou, E., Karatsareas, P., Lytra, V. and Tsiplakou, S. 2020. Why and how to integrate non-standard linguistic varieties into education: Cypriot Greek in Cyprus and the UK. Languages, Society and Policy.

From village talk to slang: the re-enregisterment of a non-standardised variety in an urban diaspora
Karatsareas, P. 2020. From village talk to slang: the re-enregisterment of a non-standardised variety in an urban diaspora. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 42 (9), pp. 827-839. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2020.1767115

Non-Standard and Minority Varieties as Community Languages in the UK: Towards a New Strategy for Language Maintenance
Matras, Y. and Karatsareas, P. 2020. Non-Standard and Minority Varieties as Community Languages in the UK: Towards a New Strategy for Language Maintenance .

The Development, Preservation and Loss of Differential Case Marking in Inner Asia Minor Greek
Karatsareas, P. 2020. The Development, Preservation and Loss of Differential Case Marking in Inner Asia Minor Greek. Journal of Language Contact. 13 (1), pp. 177-226. https://doi.org/10.1163/19552629-bja10008

Cypriot Greek as a heritage and community language in London: (Socio)Linguistic aspects of a non-standardised variety in a diasporic context
Karatsareas, P. 2019. Cypriot Greek as a heritage and community language in London: (Socio)Linguistic aspects of a non-standardised variety in a diasporic context . in: Manolessou, I., Pantelidis, N. and Karla, G. (ed.) λέξεις: Τιμητικός Τόμος για την Χριστίνα Μπασέα-Μπεζαντάκου [words: Festschrift for Christina Bassea-Bezantakou] Athens Kardamitsa. pp. 145–169

The morphology of Silliot Greek: paradigmatic defectiveness, paradigmatic levelling, and affix pleonasm
Karatsareas, P. 2019. The morphology of Silliot Greek: paradigmatic defectiveness, paradigmatic levelling, and affix pleonasm. in: Ralli, A. (ed.) The Morphology of Asia Minor Dialects: selected topics Leiden Brill. pp. 148-180

The fragile future of the Cypriot Greek language in the UK
Karatsareas, P. 2018. The fragile future of the Cypriot Greek language in the UK. British Academy Review. 33, pp. 42-44.

Attitudes towards Cypriot Greek and Standard Modern Greek in London’s Greek Cypriot community
Karatsareas, P. 2018. Attitudes towards Cypriot Greek and Standard Modern Greek in London’s Greek Cypriot community. International Journal of Bilingualism. 22 (4), pp. 412-428. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367006918762158

A diachronic take on the Source–Goal asymmetry
Georgakopoulos, T. and Karatsareas, P. 2017. A diachronic take on the Source–Goal asymmetry. in: Luraghi, S., Nikitina, T. and Zanchi, C. (ed.) Space in Diachrony Amsterdam/Philadelphia John Benjamins. pp. 179–206

Marking definiteness multiply: evidence from two varieties of Greek
Karatsareas, P. and Lekakou, M. 2016. Marking definiteness multiply: evidence from two varieties of Greek. Studies in Greek Linguistics. 36, pp. 189-204.

From syntagmatic to paradigmatic spatial zeroes: the loss of the preposition se in inner Asia Minor Greek
Karatsareas, P. and Georgakopoulos, T. 2016. From syntagmatic to paradigmatic spatial zeroes: the loss of the preposition se in inner Asia Minor Greek. STUF – Language Typology and Universals. 69 (2), p. 309–340. https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2016-0014

The Asia Minor Greek adpositional cycle: a tale of multiple causation
Karatsareas, P. 2016. The Asia Minor Greek adpositional cycle: a tale of multiple causation. Journal of Greek Linguistics. 16 (1), p. 47–86. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEEE-05-2018-0046

Convergence in word structure: Revisiting agglutinative noun inflection in Cappadocian Greek
Karatsareas, P. 2016. Convergence in word structure: Revisiting agglutinative noun inflection in Cappadocian Greek. Diachronica. 33 (1), pp. 31-66. https://doi.org/10.1075/dia.33.1.02kar

Syntactic Structures of the World’s Languages – Greek (Cappadocian)
Karatsareas, P. 2015. Syntactic Structures of the World’s Languages – Greek (Cappadocian). Linguistic Explorer.

On the diachrony of gender in Asia Minor Greek
Karatsareas, P. 2014. On the diachrony of gender in Asia Minor Greek. Language Sciences. 43, pp. 77-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2013.10.005

Understanding diachronic change in Cappadocian Greek
Karatsareas, P. 2013. Understanding diachronic change in Cappadocian Greek. Journal of Historical Linguistics. 3 (2), pp. 192-229. https://doi.org/10.1075/jhl.3.2.02kar

A study of Cappadocian Greek nominal morphology from a diachronic and dialectological perspective
Karatsareas, P. 2011. A study of Cappadocian Greek nominal morphology from a diachronic and dialectological perspective. PhD thesis University of Cambridge Department of Linguistics

Neuter heteroclisis in Asia Minor Greek: origin and development
Karatsareas, P. 2011. Neuter heteroclisis in Asia Minor Greek: origin and development. Neoelliniki Dialektologia [Modern Greek Dialectology]. 6, pp. 111-135.

The loss of grammatical gender in Cappadocian Greek
Karatsareas, P. 2009. The loss of grammatical gender in Cappadocian Greek. Transactions of the Philological Society. 107 (2), pp. 196-230. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-968X.2009.01217.x

Permalink - https://westminsterresearch.westminster.ac.uk/item/vz8xz/semi-structured-interviews


Share this

Usage statistics

8 total views
0 total downloads
These values cover views and downloads from WestminsterResearch and are for the period from September 2nd 2018, when this repository was created.