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The use of a case study approach to examine the construction of identity in an undergraduate dissertation written in a foreign language

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Publication date2013
Host publicationPapers from the Lancaster University Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics & Language Teaching 2012
EditorsKaren Donnelly, Federica Formato
Place of PublicationLancaster
PublisherLancaster University
Number of pages19
<mark>Original language</mark>English


My study reports on a case study of a Spanish native speaker’s academic writing in
English regarding his identity expression. I use Ivanic’s (1998) framework on
writer’s ‘discoursal identity’. I also included the writer’s mini-autobiography and a
semi-structured Skype-interview for an in-depth analysis of the writer’s authorial
representation and autobiographical self. This triangulation of data shed light on the writer’s identity construction. I therefore also reflect on the use of a case study
approach when analysing a writer’s ‘identity construction’.