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Authors: Siebenhütter, Stefanie
Title: Multiple identities of multilingual minorities? How religious values and other extralinguistic practices influence the social, national and personal identity formation
Online publication date: 21-Jun-2023
Year of first publication: 2023
Language: english
Abstract: This empirical study examines the ways multilingualism influences the identity of minority individuals and minority groups. The motivations for their specific social behavior are rarely obvious to the multilingual speakers themselves, which made it necessary to scrutinize their behaviors and attitudes using a mixed-methods analysis (including sociolinguistic interviews, questionnaire surveys, and field observations) of the mostly unconscious processes of identity formation among multilingual Kui speakers in northeastern Thailand. The approach used, focusing on group behavior and analyzing extralinguistic sociocultural data in terms of social identity formation in a minority group, revealed specific rituals and practices. These findings add to the knowledge of overt multilingual language use in the context of multilingual Kui people and demonstrate how social psychology and sociology can be used to analyze the identities of multilingual minorities and show how multilingual language use does not produce multiple identities. The investigation, using theories of several social and linguistic approaches to understand identity construction, demonstrates how important the Thai national identity is and how strongly it influences the identity formation among the minority group.
DDC: 150 Psychologie
150 Psychology
300 Sozialwissenschaften
300 Social sciences
400 Sprache
400 Language
490 Andere Sprachen
490 Other languages
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 05 Philosophie und Philologie
FB 06 Translations-, Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft
Place: Mainz
URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:77-openscience-2daf8a15-5aef-4ca1-9601-371a488d09e55
Version: Original work
Publication type: Arbeitspapier
License: CC BY
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Extent: 14 Seiten
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