Discursive shadowing in linguistic ethnography. Situated practices and circulating discourses in multilingual schools

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We consider discursive shadowing as methodology in linguistic ethnography and how it refines our analyses of participants’ situated practices. In addition to the constant and extended company the researcher and key participant keep with one another in the field, shadowing in a linguistic ethnographic approach includes the ubiquitous audio-recording of interactions, which provides opportunities to collect interactional data as they circulate across speech events and sediment into durable teacher identities in multilingual schools.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329 - 339
Number of pages11
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2016


  • bilingual education, bilingual teachers , discursive shadowing , linguistic ethnography