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Chapter Thirteen: Discourse and Identity
Discourse and Identity
Human communication is about exchanging information, getting things done, expressing feelings and emotions – but it is also, crucially, about conveying to one another what kind of people we are; which geographical, ethnic, social communities we belong to; where we stand in relation to ethical and moral questions; or where our loyalties are in political terms. While we use language to convey images of ourselves we also use it to identify others, to classify and judge people, to align ourselves with them, signalling our similarities, or to distance ourselves from them, underlining our differences. In these and many other ways language and discourse are central to the construction and negotiation of identities.
The closeness of this connection has often been ...