Coping with Stigmatised Linguistic Identities: Identity Threat and Ethnolinguistic Vitality among Andalusians
This study is an investigation of the impact of language stigma for identity functioning among speakers of Andalusian Spanish. Fifteen Andalusian Spaniards were interviewed using a semi- structured interview schedule. Qualitative Thematic Analysis was used to analyse the data guided by Identity Process Theory and the Ethnolinguistic Vitality Framework. The following themes are outlined: (a) Threatened linguistic identity and vitality (re-)constructions; (b) Re- locating the socio-psychological value in one’s linguistic variety; and (c) Multiple linguistic identities: threat and management. This article elucidates how perceived threats to ethnolinguistic vitality can induce identity threat. Weak social status may jeopardise self-esteem, while weak institutional support may threaten self-efficacy. The belonging principle may be vulnerable to threat in contexts in which the stigmatised group has minority status. Relevant sociolinguistic concepts are discussed in relation to the intrapsychic level of identity functioning. Potential strategies for coping are discussed.
Citation : Jaspal, R. and Sitaridou, I. (2013) Coping with Stigmatised Linguistic Identities: Identity Threat and Ethnolinguistic Vitality among Andalusians. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 13 (1), pp. 95-119
ISSN : 1528-3488
Research Group : Psychology
Research Institute : Media Discourse Centre (MDC)
Peer Reviewed : Yes