Identity is a problematic concept in-as-much-as we recognise it now as non-fixed, non-rigid and always being co-constructed by individuals of themselves, or by people who share certain core values or perceive another group as having such values. This volume re-examines the analytical tools employed in the sociolinguistic research of 'identity' in order to assess their efficiency, establish the roles of language in the identity claims of specific communities of people, and determine the place of identity in a variety of social contexts, including work places and language classrooms. It will be of interest to academics researching sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and second language learning.
Tope Omoniyi is Reader in English Language and Linguistics at Roehampton University, London, UK. Goodith White is Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Leeds, UK.
1. Introduction - Tope Omoniyi and Goodith White; Part I: Identity and Sociolinguistic Theory and Methods; 2. Hierarchy of Identities: A Theoretical Perspective - Tope Omoniyi; 3. Identity in Applied Linguistics - David Block; 4. English Pronunciation and Learner Identity - Jennifer Jenkins; 5. Gender Identity in Language Assessment - Tim McNamara and Annie Brown; Part II: Identity in Micro-sociolinguistics; 6. Language Use and Speaker Identity - Esther Asprey; 7. Identity and Language Change - Kate Beeching; 8. Language Variation and Shifting Identities - Carmen Llamas; 9. Identity Issues and Language Endangerment - Julia Sallabank; Part III: Identity in Macro-Sociolinguistics; 10. Narrative Constructions of Gendered Identities in the Professional Workplace - Louise Mullany; 11. Masculine Identities on an Academic Writing Programme - Sian Preece; 12. Ethnolinguistic Identity in a Dutch Islamic Primary Classroom - Massimiliano Spotti; 13. The Case for Irish English as a Marker of Irish Identity - Goodith White.