Concluding remarks

When all of the chapters in this collection are taken together, we can see a clear role for linguistic ethnography in meticulously describing and analysing the complexity of social events (Blommaert 2007). However, questions remain about what it is that might distinguish linguistic ethnography as a new interdisciplinary field. We have identified five features of linguistic ethnography that are common across the case studies in this collection, and raised a series of questions relating to each of these. We now invite readers to consider for themselves the ways in which the following chapters address these questions, the extent to which these five features (individually or collectively) might characterise linguistic ethnography more broadly, and the status of linguistic ethnography as a new field.


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