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Identity through a Language Lens

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Kamila Ciepiela

«This collection of articles is a sociolinguistic response to the recent explosion of scholarly interest in issues of identity. Identity is central to all human beings as we are all concerned with how to conceive of ourselves, present ourselves and comprehend our relationships with others. The book tackles the problem of how personal identity is made visible and intelligible to others through language, and how this may be constrained. Part One, Emblematic identities, focuses on the construction of self-definitions based on various forms of group identities, including national and ethnic ones. Part Two, Multicultural Identities, looks at negotiation of identities in multicultural contexts involving relations of power, drawing on examples from Europe and the Americas. Finally, Part Three, Emergent Identities, collects empirical studies based on a close reading of texts in which identities are being articulated and negotiated.» (Hanna Pułaczewska, University of Regensburg)

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Kamila Ciepiela From language as an identity marker to language as a toolkit for identity performance ................................................................................................... 7 Part One - EMBLEMATIC IDENTITIES Costanza Cucchi Language and national identity. Applications of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions ................................................................................................... 23 Magdalena Jurewicz European identity as an answer to the problem of the national identity of the interpreter ......................................................................................... 35 Neşe Kaya and Didar Akar Ambivalent belongings: Constructing identities in immigrant discourse ... 43 Aniela Korzeniowska The complexity of identity and a sense of belonging as revealed through ‘English, a Scottish essay’ by Douglas Dunn ................................ 55 Barbara Loester Scotland and Bavaria:Regional affiliation and linguistic identity in ‘peripheral’ communities ............................................................................ 63 Laura Mahalingappa Identity construction in context: Lexical variation following the Turkish language reform........................................................................................... 73 Agnieszka Miksza ‘Tridentity’ of Elisabeth Gilbert in Eat, pray, love: One woman’s search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia (2006) .................. 87 Part Two - MULTICULTURAL IDENTITIES Bryan Meadows ‘Now here I am influent in Spanish’: Negotiating monolingual Hispanic identities at the bilingual US/Mexico border .............................................. 97 Jacqueline Peters Be(com)ing Jamaican: (Re)-constructing an ethno-cultural identity ........ 109 Davi S. Reis English as an international language and linguistic legitimacy: Empowering ESL speakers’ identities ...................................................... 119 Hanne Tange Do university lecturers have linguistic rights? .......................................... 137 6 Table of contents Katharina Vajta Construction of national identities in language textbooks ........................ 149 Part Three - EMERGENT IDENTITIES Argiris Archakis and Sofia Lampropoulou “Just for fun mate”: The construction of masculinity in Greek youth storytelling ................................................................................................. 161 Kamila Ciepiela Small story telling in performance of teenage girl situated identities ...... 173 Elizabeth...

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