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It also reveals that the typical roles speakers ascribe to themselves construct their social identity within a group. In the case of the core Stompers, it was commonplace for the women to position themselves as knowledgeable about map-reading and the areas in which we hiked; by taking stances which showed this knowledge, they took on roles such as ‘expert hiker’ or ‘navigator’. The meaning of these roles is specific to the context – they would not necessarily garner respect in a non-walking Sociocultural Approaches to Linguistics 29 situation but, in the Stomper group, indexed an authentic identity.
CoP studies have, therefore, illustrated the need to consider gender as it is constrained by the context in which it is produced. Yet work using the CoP did not set research concerned with language and gender into motion; approaches to gender within sociolinguistics emerged as a field of inquiry in its own right in the 1970s. Within this area, as detailed below, constructionist approaches have become central to analyses of language use. 3 Gender and language ‘Gender’ is a concept which exists on a broad, ideological level as well as on a local, context-specific level, as the studies outlined above illustrate.
The following section will introduce the sociocultural linguistics approach in more depth, demonstrating its relevance to the current study. 4 Principles of sociocultural linguistics As shown in the previous section, the sociocultural linguistics approach provides a useful analytical framework; speakers’ engagement in a given 28 Dyke/Girl: Language and Identities in a Lesbian Group interaction – through such dialogical moves as stance-taking – may be understood in relation to the ethnographic context of that interaction and the personae under construction, which in turn have an indexical relationship with the broader cultural context.
Dyke/Girl: Language and Identities in a Lesbian Group by Lucy Jones (auth.)