Introduction and Basic Concepts
Singh Christopher, from the English department of a Nigerian university,
presents a language ethnographic study on greeting and interaction. The
presentation addresses key concepts such as the importance of greetings in
interaction, power dynamics, gender roles and social solidarity.
Methodology and Data Collection The research collects data using linguistic
ethnography methodology and examines interactions at both the micro and macro
levels of language through a micro-level analysis. In addition, data is
collected through participant observation and animated recall interviews.
Importance of Greetings The presentation emphasises that greetings play an
important role in interaction and affect interactions between individuals from different
socio-cultural backgrounds, especially in multicultural societies such as
Nigeria. It also addresses how greetings are
intertwined with gender roles and power dynamics.
Conclusions and Discussion The presentation shows that greetings are critical
for a successful interaction and that a lack of greetings can lead to negative consequences,
such as facial threats, especially towards male students. It also discusses
that a softer approach is adopted towards female students and that this is
related to gender-based expectations.
Educational Implications and Conclusion The results emphasise the need for
further studies in different contexts to better understand the impact of
greetings on interaction structures. It also emphasises how critical greetings
are for successful interactions and the importance of raising awareness aboutnthem.
The presentation concludes by encouraging participants and the audience to think
and discuss more about the topic.
Language Consciousness and Meaning: To learn about what Turkish is, its origin
and its relationship with the concept of nation. In this context, to understand
that Turkish is not a language spoken only by Turks, that it interacts in a
wide geography and the effects of this interaction on language.
Sociological Structure of Language: To understand that the concept of nation is
not a biological or ethnic concept, but a sociological unity and how languages
are affected by this sociological unity.
Evolution and Spread of Language: To understand how Turkish has evolved
throughout history, which languages it has interacted with and how these
interactions have changed the structure of the language. Also, to learn the
spread of Turkish throughout the world and the reasons for this spread.
Language and Culture Relationship: To understand how Turkish and Turkish
culture affect each other, how language reflects culture and the effects of
culture on language.
Language Learning and Interaction: To understand the importance of learning and
interacting with different languages. At the same time, to understand how
cross-linguistic loanwords and expressions contribute to the enrichment of