Language Identities and Power Relationships: Strategies of Hybridization

  • Charlotte Burck


In this chapter, the intersections of languaged identities and power relationships are explored further, and in particular the place of language speaking in racialization processes. Racialization had a powerful impact on the way in which speakers came to experience themselves in claiming identities in the dominant language. The difference which speaking a minoritized language makes for individuals is mediated through their racialized identity position. I explore miscommunications which occur between first- and second-language speakers and the ways in which these construct identities and relationships. I consider issues of sufficient contextual resources, and identify ways in which individuals have made use of their differences of language — what I have called their strategies of hybridization.


Research Participant Minority Language Language Speaking Identity Claim Language Identity 
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© Charlotte Burck 2005

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