Language and Identity: An Introduction by John R. Edwards
The language we use forms an important part of our sense of who we are - of our identity. This book outlines the relationship between our identity as members of groups - ethnic, national, religious and gender - and the language varieties important to each group. What is a language? What is a dialect? Are there such things as language rights? Must every national group have its own unique language? How have languages, large and small, been used to spread religious ideas? Why have particular religious and linguistic markers been so central, singly or in combination, to the ways in which we think about ourselves and others? Using a rich variety of examples, the book highlights the linkages among languages, dialects and identities, with special attention given to religious, ethnic and national allegiances.
Language and Identity
Sociolinguistic Basics Sociolinguistics combines many disciplines. A Linguist's Journey The modern founder of sociolinguistics, William Labov, shares thoughts on his career. Additional Resources Sociolinguistics Index. Email this page Print. Language is more than just words. Walt Wolfram explains how the field of sociolinguistics has taken on new significance as a means of understanding our world.
Language, Education and Technology pp Cite as. Later version available View entry history. As a site catering explicitly to the maintenance and construction of personal relationships, social networking site SNS Facebook provides its users with a wide range of spaces and means through which they can construct and perform their identity. Despite technological advancements, including a notable and progressive shift to increased multimodality, language remains central to these practices. This chapter provides an overview of sociolinguistic research on language and identity on Facebook.
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