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Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication

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Finding identity: Theory and data

Mary Bucholtz / Kira Hall

1University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Colorado

Citation Information: Multilingua - Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication. Volume 27, Issue 1-2, Pages 151–163, ISSN (Online) 1613-3684, ISSN (Print) 0167-8507, DOI: 10.1515/MULTI.2008.008, April 2008

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This commentary responds to the papers in the special issue ‘Accomplishing identity in bilingual interaction’ and particularly to the use of Bucholtz and Hall's (2004a, 2004b, 2005) framework for the linguistic analysis of identities in interaction. The commentary focuses on the relationship between theory and empirical work, with attention to the role of ethnographic context in the analysis of both microlevel interaction and macrolevel sociopolitical and sociohistorical processes, the place of language ideologies in the interactional construction of bilingual identities, and the necessity to ground theoretical claims in rigorous empirical analysis.

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