Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number1.  March 2022                             Pp. 495-524
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol13no1.33

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Researcher/Writer Identity: Exploring Awareness, Manifestations and Implications of
EFL Scholars’ and Applied linguists’ Identities
 

Abdelmagid Abdelrahman Awadelkarim
English Department,
College of education, Majmaah
Majmaah University, KSA
Email: abdelmagid777@yahoo.com

 

Received:12/15/2021                   Accepted: 3/7/20/2022                         Published:3/24/2022

 

Abstract:
Interest in both Identity and Academic Writing and Discourse has recently remarkably resurged. This has been so in both applied linguistics and discourse studies. As a result, many dominant ideas, practices, and paradigms have been criticized, challenged, or re-considered. The paper casts light on identity features and manifestations in the academic writing/research discourse of EFL/applied linguists in the context of a Saudi college. Identity research has been significantly under-researched in Majmaah University and KSA in general. The study seeks to answer:1. Do researchers’ identities manifest themselves in the academic/research discourse of applied linguists and EFL scholars? If so, in what ways can these identities and self-manifestations appear in the academic and research discourse of applied linguists and EFL scholars? To what extent, if any, are applied linguists and EFL scholars/ researchers aware that they represent themselves in their academic and research discourse/writing? We used a mixed-method design to amalgamate data from two primary instruments: questionnaire and interviews, which were analyzed using SPSS and thematic analysis together with some qualitative methods of analysis. Findings suggest that researchers do display themselves in research employing various identity, agency, and voice strategies/ techniques and that they are broadly aware of this experience, that these identities are represented via a myriad of linguistic/discourse ways, and that they appear to be aware of this process. The implications of these identity manifestations and self-externalizations for research discourse theory and practice, academic writing, language, and research education were explored and discussed.
Keywords: academic discourse, EFL research, agency, identity, intersectionality, researcher voice

Cite as:   Awadelkarim, A. A. (2022). Researcher/Writer Identity: Exploring Awareness, Manifestations and Implications of EFL Scholars’ and Applied linguists’ Identities. Arab World English Journal, 13 (1) 495-524.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol13no1.33

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Received: 12/15/2021
Accepted: 3/7/20/2022 
Published: 3/24/2022
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol13no1.33

Dr. AbdelmagidvAbdelrahmanAvwadelkarimvteaches theoretical and applied linguistics, EFL, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, syntax, Ecolinguistics, poetry and literary criticism at Majm’ah University. He has taught at several universities in Sudan and Saudi Arabia and has published and presented numerous papers at local and international conferences and workshops. His research interests span discourse studies, pragmatics, interlanguage and language learning strategies, code-switching, language-crossing, sociolinguistics, schemata, cognitive linguistics, Ecolinguistics and Ecocriticism,  neologisms, Intertextuality, interdisciplinarity, new trends in linguistics and  language education, literary criticism, post method and postmodernism.
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4508-9614