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Sociolinguistic constructions of identity among adolescent males in Glasgow

Lawson, Robert (2009) Sociolinguistic constructions of identity among adolescent males in Glasgow. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The city of Glasgow, Scotland, is typically associated with violence, criminality, and aggression, and these negative associations impact on the social meaning of Glaswegian Vernacular as used by working-class adolescent males. There have been, however, no studies which have made a systematic attempt to uncover the role fine-grained phonetic variation plays in indexing these associations. Moreover, there have been no studies of Glaswegian which have examined locally constituted groups of adolescent male speakers, and how such speakers use a range of linguistic and social practices in their construction of particular social identities. This study is an ethnographically informed sociolinguistic account of Glaswegian Vernacular which examines the nexus of language, identity, and violence using data collected from a group of working-class adolescent males from a high school in the south side of the city between 2005 – 2008, and aims to uncover whether adolescent males who identified as ‘neds’ or who engaged in social practices considered ‘neddy’ have quantitative linguistic differences from those adolescent males who do not. Through the fine-grained phonetic analysis of the linguistic variables BIT, CAT and (TH), coupled with ethnographic observations, this thesis shows how an apparently homogenous group of speakers use linguistic and social resources to differentiate themselves from one another.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Sociolinguistics, phonetics, masculinity, ethnography, adolescent language use, violence
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language
Supervisor's Name: Stuart-Smith, Dr. Jane
Date of Award: 2009
Depositing User: Dr Robert Lawson
Unique ID: glathesis:2009-1312
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:37
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/1312

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