The Discursive Construction of Identities On- and Offline

Personal - group - collective

| University of Duisburg-Essen
| University of Heidelberg
| University of Heidelberg
| University of Duisburg-Essen
ISBN 9789027200761 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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ISBN 9789027264022

This volume explores linguistic identity construction across online and offline contexts. The contributors focus on ‘clusivity’ as an overarching aspect and offer a multifaceted operationalisation of the linguistic processes of identity construction. The studies address three major strands of human identity, each of which can be thought of as an aggregative abstraction with its own complexities: personal identity, group identity and collective identity. The contributions pay special attention to the interplay between the public and private dimensions of the interactions and audiences, as well as the potential impact of social and technical affordances of different communicative settings and online and offline modes of identity construction. The volume is aimed at all researchers concerned with the complex notion of identity, both in linguistics and in neighbouring disciplines.

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Table of Contents
Introduction: Identity construction in complex discourse contexts
Sonja Kleinke, Nuria Hernández and Birte Bös
Part I. Personal identities
Great pretenders: The phenomenon of impersonating (pseudo-)historical personae in medieval blogs, or: Blogging for someone else’s fame?
Monika Kirner-Ludwig
Constructing personal identities online: Self-disclosure in popular blogs
Elise Salonen
The development of identity in Batman comics
Claudia Enzweiler
Part II. Group identities
Code-switching and identity construction in WhatsApp: Evidence from a (digital) community of practice
Michael Wentker
Identity and metapragmatic acts in a student forum discussion thread
Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen
Indeterminate us and them: The complexities of referentiality, identity and group construction in a public online discussion
Sonja Kleinke and Birte Bös
“no prizes to anybody spotting my typo, by the way” The interplay between criticism and identity management in the comments sections on newspaper websites
Monika Eller
Part III. Collective identities
The use of face-threatening acts in the construction of in- and out-group identities in British parliamentary debates
Sandra Mollin
“And you know, Jeremy, my father came from a very poor background indeed” Collective identities and the private-public interface in political discourse
Anita Fetzer
Nations as persons: Collective identities in conflict
Andreas Musolff
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Cited by 2 other publications

Fetzer, Anita
2019. Some food for thought on the theory and practice of internet pragmatics. Internet Pragmatics 2:1  pp. 34 ff. Crossref logo
Thielemann, Nadine
2019.  In Reference and Identity in Public Discourses [Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 306],  pp. 251 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata

Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018008131 | Marc record