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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The 'other woman' in a mother and daughter relationship: The case of Mami Ji
Author(s): Creese, Angela
Blackledge, Adrian
Keywords: Chronotope
linguistic involvement strategies
mothers and daughters
Issue Date: 30-Apr-2017
Date Deposited: 14-Sep-2018
Citation: Creese A & Blackledge A (2017) The 'other woman' in a mother and daughter relationship: The case of Mami Ji. Language in Society, 46 (2), pp. 185-206.
Abstract: This article describes the range of discursive strategies in the socializing messages of a mother and daughter interaction. The analysis draws on the work of Bakhtin (1981) and Tannen (2007) to interrogate the role of a physically absent but discursively present sister-in-law, 'Mami Ji', across three speech events. Following Tannen, we show how the characterisation of the sister-in-law, Mami Ji, has chronotopic value that connects mother and daughter in the present and makes links across family histories. Through the discursive strategies of repetition, dialogue, detail, and translanguaging, 'Mami Ji' becomes an iconic benchmark of how not to speak, how not to dress, and how not to behave. Drawing on material from a linguistic ethnography approach, we present three discourse analyses from a much larger international project that also looked at classroom interaction and break-time conversations. The article contributes to the under-researched topic of the representation of sisters-in-law in discourse, theorises the chronotope in everyday conversation, and demonstrates how mother and daughter solidarity is achieved through opposition to another female family member. (Chronotope, linguistic involvement strategies, translanguaging, socialisation, sister-in-laws, mothers and daughters)
DOI Link: 10.1017/S0047404516000993
Rights: © Cambridge University Press 2017 This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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