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Negotiating Boundaries at Work

Talking and Transitions

Edited by Jo Angouri, Meredith Marra, Janet Holmes

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Focuses on transition talk and boundary crossing discourse in the modern workplace

Moving between linguistic, professional and national boundaries is part of the daily reality of modern workplaces, where the concept of a 'job for life' is now outdated. Employees move between jobs, countries and even professions during their working lives, but the multilayered process of redefining personal, social and professional identities is not reflected in current workplace research.

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About the Author

Dr Jo Angouri is Reader and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick

Meredith Marra is Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.

Professor Janet Holmes is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington.


This is a stimulating volume in the relatively new area of workplace sociolinguistics. It gives detailed insights into the experience of being and belonging in environments of change. The crossing of physical, social and ideological barriers and its emotional toll is robustly addressed through micro-interactional analysis, while showing how institutions leak in at all points. The impressive range of workplaces speaks to complexities of transitions and, importantly, brings together the formalities of gatekeeping encounters and the coping and balancing strategies required to manage ordinary working conditions.

- Professor Celia Roberts, KCL

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