Chapter

Conclusion

Yasir Suleiman

in Arabic, Self and Identity

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199747016
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747016.003.0006
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The chapter summarizes the main arguments in the book and points to the way a symbolic and quantitative approach to the study of language in society can be taken forward. It stresses the need for a declaration of author positionality in studying the political meanings of the language-Self-identity link to guard against unintended ideological interference. It further highlights the effect of conflict on the conceptualisation of language as a resource with which to do things in society at the individual and group levels. The chapter argues that identities cannot be reduced to life style choices; it further argues that although identities are not essences they are, nevertheless, far from existing in a state of free fall.

Keywords: researcher positionality; language-Self-identity link

Chapter.  3195 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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