What is Scottish Identity?

Fiona M. Douglas

in Scottish Newspapers, Language and Identity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748624379
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671533 | DOI:
What is Scottish Identity?

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This chapter deals with the question of identity, and in particular with notions of Scottish national identity. What are the components of such an identity, and how is it constructed and/or maintained? Is it a static phenomenon, or is it a dynamic, constantly evolving entity, open to modification and reformulation? Many linguists have argued that there is a link between language and identity, and the chapter investigates the symbolic functions of language and asks what part it might play in an ongoing construction and/or maintenance of Scottishness and Scottish national identity.

Keywords: Scottishness; national identity; language; Scottish identity

Chapter.  7209 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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