Language and social identity: a psychosocial approach

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519, 2009. Language and social identity: a psychosocial approach. Psych-Talk, 64, pp. 17-20. ISSN 2396-863X

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Language seems to have two principal functions; it is of course an instrument of communication, but it can also constitute a means of asserting one’s identity or one’s distinctiveness from others. A common language may be the ideal vehicle to express the unique character of a social group, and to encourage common social ties on the basis of a common identity (Dieckhoff, 2004). Here it is argued that language can be a robust marker of social identity, capable of binding and dividing groups and that its salience may displace other (e.g. ethnic or religious) identities (Jaspal and Coyle, in press). It is primarily sociolinguistics which has concerned itself with questions of language and identity (e.g. Rampton, 1995; Harris, 2006) but here it is argued that a variety of social psychological theories of identity may complement and enrich the ongoing, primarily sociolinguistic, debate on the relationship between language and social identity.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psych-Talk
Creators: Jaspal, R.
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Date: 1 September 2009
Volume: 64
ISSN: 2396-863X
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 20 Apr 2020 15:43
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 15:43

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