In this article, we discuss the discursive processes that surround storytelling of traumatic experiences in the case of minor asylum seekers involved in the recent migration flow to Italian ports. We argue that in order to understand not only how traumatic experiences are told but also how they are overcome, it is necessary to focus on the reciprocal relationships and impact of the members of the communities in which migrants are received. Such approach shifts the focus from the content of stories toward the protagonists of their tellings and from asylum seekers as ‘subjects’ to asylum seekers as members of communities to which they and others contribute. The article is based on narrative data collected through an ongoing project with teachers, researchers, and minor asylum seekers involved in a school of Italian Language for Foreigners in Palermo.

De Fina, A., Paternostro, G., & Amoruso, M. (2020). Learning how to tell, learning how to ask: reciprocity and storytelling as a community process. APPLIED LINGUISTICS, 1-19 [10.1093/applin/amz070].

Learning how to tell, learning how to ask: reciprocity and storytelling as a community process

Paternostro, G
;
Amoruso, M
2020

Abstract

In this article, we discuss the discursive processes that surround storytelling of traumatic experiences in the case of minor asylum seekers involved in the recent migration flow to Italian ports. We argue that in order to understand not only how traumatic experiences are told but also how they are overcome, it is necessary to focus on the reciprocal relationships and impact of the members of the communities in which migrants are received. Such approach shifts the focus from the content of stories toward the protagonists of their tellings and from asylum seekers as ‘subjects’ to asylum seekers as members of communities to which they and others contribute. The article is based on narrative data collected through an ongoing project with teachers, researchers, and minor asylum seekers involved in a school of Italian Language for Foreigners in Palermo.
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De Fina, A., Paternostro, G., & Amoruso, M. (2020). Learning how to tell, learning how to ask: reciprocity and storytelling as a community process. APPLIED LINGUISTICS, 1-19 [10.1093/applin/amz070].
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