Language And Cultural Identity

1053 WordsAug 7, 20175 Pages
Fashion has played many rolls in the terms of identity. Language has played the biggest role in fashion other than clothes being made or produced. Language is used like fashion to express aspects of the self-such as, a marker of subcultural identity, a marker for nationhood, social mobility, and attitudes. Language is a part of a subcultural identity because it is not a part of a geographical region and is not inherited. Stated in the article Language and Social Identity, the author tells use this. “Such language is particular to this subculture since it is neither inter-generationally trans-mitted nor associated with any particular geographical region. This perhaps echoes Epstein’s (1998) notion of ‘bricolage’, which refers to the…show more content…
Indeed, linguistic diversity is frequently perceived as a threat to national unity (Windisch, 2004). Languages may be invoked and used to signal group membership especially if groups feel that their identities are threatened; in these situations, use of a given language may constitute an act of defiance. This is observable in the histories of Catalonia and Quebec, for instance. Thus, it is unsurprising that specific programmers of language planning may be aimed at homogenizing the national group. During this process, minority languages may bestigmatised or even banned, as was the case in Franco’s Spain, where the Catalan language was formally prohibited for almost four decades (Pujol, 1996).” Also language being a marker of a nationhood, it helps marking people who claims the language. It helps with groups being threatened. “his method of attempting to establish a cohesive national identity may be detrimental for minority group identity, since an important self-aspect, namely language, is often at stake. A language may be important to a group at a symbolic level. For instance, individuals may collectively lay claim to a language, which they themselves do not speak natively, in order to assert a symbolic identity which will differentiate them from others. Welsh nationalism exemplifies this notion of symbolic identity. Although just a fifth of the population actually speaks Welsh,
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