[Lingtyp] Identity in language from the cross-linguiststic perspective

Bohnemeyer, Juergen jb77 at buffalo.edu
Tue Sep 29 13:44:05 UTC 2020

Dear Ilja — As you may imagine, this topic has attracted a great of attention in the language contact literature, particularly the literature on code switching. Among the classics:

Blom, J.-P. & J. Gumperz. (1972). Social Meaning in Linguistic Structures: Code Switching in Northern Norway. In: J. J. Gumperz and D. Hymes (eds.), Directions in Sociolinguistics. New York Holt, Rinehart, and Winston
Myers-Scotton, C. (1993). Social motivations for code-switching: Evidence from Africa. Oxford: Clarendon.

Of particular interest for typologists should be Gumperz & Wilson’s classic study of social motivations for metatypy at the Indo-Aryan-Dravidian frontier:

Gumperz, J. J. & Wilson, R. (1971). Convergence and creolization: A case from the Indo-Aryan/Dravidian border in India. In D. Hymes (Ed.), Pidginization and creolization in language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

That last one remains one of my top-10 favorite papers in linguistics :-)

(Also, since you mention the Vaupés, you would want to consider the groundbreaking enthnographic work Jean Jackson did there in the 70s:

Jackson, J. (1989). Language identity of the Colombian Vaupés Indians. In Bauman & Sherzer (Eds.): 50-64.)

HTH! — Juergen

> On Sep 23, 2020, at 5:26 AM, Ilja Seržant <ilja.serzants at uni-leipzig.de> wrote:
> Dear typologists,
> can you recommend me papers that would describe (and perhaps even generalize) on how language may be used in different areas and typologically for a conscious or unconscious self-identification and group-identification in the social environement? (I do realize that this formulation is a bit fuzzy; sorry, I am not a specialist in sociolinguistic typology). (I am already aware of work by Trudgill, Golovko and Aikhenvald (on Vaupés))
> Any hint would be greatly appreciated!
> Best,
> Ilja
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