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Ethnolinguistic Identity Theory

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Ethnolinguistic identity theory (ELIT) addresses the relationship between socially subordinate ethnic groups and their language use in social contexts. It is conceptually derived from Henri Tajfel and John Turner's social identity theory, from which ELIT borrows four main concepts: social categorization, social identity, social comparison, and psychological distinctiveness. These concepts are linked causally, whereby social categorization accounts for an individual's perspective of another as a member of one's same group (ingroup ) or ...

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