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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity

Edited By

Siân Preece

ISBN 9780367353896
Published July 30, 2019 by Routledge
642 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity provides a clear and comprehensive survey of the field of language and identity from an applied linguistics perspective. Authored by specialists from around the world, each chapter introduces a topic in language and identity studies and provides a concise, critical survey in which the importance and relevance to applied linguists is explained.

Thirty-seven chapters are organised into five sections covering:

  • theoretical perspectives informing language and identity studies
  • categories and dimensions of identity
  • key issues for researchers in language and identity studies
  • topical case studies in areas of interest to applied linguistics
  • future directions for language and identity studies in applied linguistics.

With further reading included in each chapter, The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity is an essential reference for all students, teachers and researchers working in the areas of Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, Education and TESOL.

Table of Contents


List of figures, tables and boxes

List of contributors



Introduction: Language and identity in applied linguistics

Siân Preece


Perspectives on language and identity

1 Historical perspectives on language and identity

John E. Joseph

2 Positioning language and identity: Poststructuralist perspectives

Judith Baxter

3 Identity in variationist sociolinguistics

Rob Drummond and Erik Schleef

4 Ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approaches to identity

Bethan Benwell and Elizabeth Stokoe

5 Language and identity in linguistic ethnography

Miguel Pérez-Milans

6 Discursive psychology and the production of identity in language practices

Jean McAvoy

7 Critical discourse analysis and identity

Karin Zotzmann and John P. O’Regan


Categories and dimensions of identity

8 Language and ethnic identity

Vally Lytra

9 Language, race and identity

Tope Omoniyi

10 Linguistic practices and transnational identities

Anna De Fina

11 Identity in post-colonial contexts

Priti Sandhu and Christina Higgins

12 Language and religious identities

Ana Souza

13 Language and gender identities

Lucy Jones

14 Language and non-normative sexual identities

John Gray

15 Class in language and identity research

David Block


Researching the language and identity relationship:

Challenges, issues and puzzles

16 Ethics in language and identity research

Anna Kristina Hultgren, Elizabeth J. Erling and Qumrul Hasan Chowdhury

17 A linguistic ethnography of identity: Adopting a heteroglossic frame

Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese

18 The politics of researcher identities: Opportunities and challenges

in identities research

Frances Giampapa

19 Challenges for language and identity researchers in the collection and

transcription of spoken interaction

Eva Duran Eppler and Eva Codó

20 Beyond the micro–macro interface in language and identity research

Kristine Horner and John Bellamy


Language and identity case studies

21 Constructing age identity: The case of Mexican EFL learners

Patricia Andrew

22 The significance of sexual identity to language learning and teaching

Cynthia D. Nelson

23 An identity transformation? Social class, language prejudice and the

erasure of multilingual capital in higher education

Siân Preece

24 Being a language teacher in the content classroom: Teacher identity

and content and language integrated learning (CLIL)

Tom Morton

25 Disability identities and category work in institutional practices:

The case of a ‘typical ADHD girl’

Eva Hjörne and Ann-Carita Evaldsson

26 ‘Comes with the territory’: Expert–novice and insider–outsider identities

in police interviews

Frances Rock

27 Language, gender and identities in political life: A case study from Malaysia

Louise Mullany and Melissa Yoong

28 Straight-acting: Discursive negotiations of a homomasculine identity

Tommaso M. Milani

29 Styling and identity in a second language

Ben Rampton

30 Construction of heritage language and cultural identities: a case study

of two young British-Bangladeshis in London

Qumrul Hasan Chowdhury

31 Minority languages and group identity: Scottish Gaelic in the Old World

and the New

John Edwards


Future directions

32 Intersectionality in language and identity research

David Block and Victor Corona

33 Language and identity in the digital age

Ron Darvin

34 Language and identity research in online environments:

A multimodal ethnographic perspective

Myrrh Domingo

35 Exploring neoliberal language, discourses and identities

Christian W. Chun

36 The future of identity research: Impact and new developments

in sociolinguistics

Bettina Beinhoff and Sebastian M. Rasinger

37 Identity in language learning and teaching:

Research agendas for the future

Peter De Costa and Bonny Norton


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Advisory board: David Block (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats and Universitat de Lleida, Spain), John E. Joseph (University of Edinburgh, UK) and Bonny Norton (University of British Columbia, Canada).

Siân Preece is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at UCL Institute of Education. She is author of Posh Talk: Language and Identity in Higher Education (2009) and co-author of Language, Society and Power, 3rd ed (2011).


'In an extremely rapidly changing field of scholarship, this collection presents the best of an existing paradigm of research while heralding a new one. This volume should incite everyone to fundamental reflection and a "no holds barred" attitude in fresh research.'

Jan Blommaert, Tilburg University, the Netherlands

'The key role that language plays in how we are seen by others and how we see ourselves – struggles around identity – has emerged as a major focus of applied linguistics over the last twenty years. This new handbook does a wonderful job of pulling this work together – from its theoretical roots to its contemporary manifestations – into one diverse and readable volume.'

Alastair Pennycook, University of Technology Sydney, Australia