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Identity work through language choice in the Siwa Oasis : The exploitation and iconization of Siwi

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Serreli, Valentina:
Identity work through language choice in the Siwa Oasis : The exploitation and iconization of Siwi.
In: Language & Communication. Vol. 68 (September 2019) . - pp. 28-36.
ISSN 0271-5309
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2018.10.012

Abstract in another language

This article concerns identity work—both the semiotic processes through which it is accomplished and the motivation behind it. Specifically, this article focuses on ethnolinguistic identity: how ethnolinguistic grouping is sustained by linguistic ideologies and how rigid categorization is toned down in everyday practice. Using an empirical study of the relations of sameness and distinction established with the Siwan group by non-members through their use—or non-use—of the Siwi language, this article will attempt to show that, based on Siwi's acquired status as an icon of group identity, the language is used as a resource for identity work by non-members to express their position vis-à-vis the Siwan group.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ethnolinguistic identity; Membership; Language choice; Language ideologies; Indexicality; Siwa Oasis
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Junior Professor Arabic Studies > Junior Professor Arabic Studies - Juniorprof. Dr. Valentina Serreli
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 06:25
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 06:25
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/55503