1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity

Edited By Siân Preece Copyright 2016
    642 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    644 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    List of figures, tables and boxes

    List of contributors



    Introduction: Language and identity in applied linguistics

    Siân Preece

    PART I

    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

    PART V

    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



    Siân Preece is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the UCL Institute of Education. She is the author of Posh Talk: Language and Identity in Higher Education (2009) and a co-author of Language, Society and Power, 3rd edn (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