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Type of publication: Straipsnis / Article
Author(s): Vaicekauskienė, Loreta
Title: Anglų kalbos svetimžodžiai ir socialinis identitetas Lietuvoje
Other Title: English and social identity in Lithuania
Is part of: Darbai ir dienos, 2006, nr. 46, p. 65-78
Date: 2006
Abstract: The article deals with attitudes towards language speakers who consider English a part of their identity. The investigation is based on the theory of the social psychology of language and aims to find out to what kind of language user people tend to relate language with a high concentration of English borrowings. The article presents an experiment carried out in Vilnius in 2005 in which 113 people were asked to read two texts (one deals with IT and another with music) and to describe the authors of the texts. The respondents were told that the investigation deals with social changes in Lithuanian society – that is, they were not conscious about the linguistic purposes of the investigation. The respondents in the experiment were rather unanimous about the social identity that – among other things – is expressed by English borrowings. The results of the investigation show that the user of such a language in Lithuanian society is related to a young man (not older than 35, rather much younger) living in a bigger city; he is considered neither very competent (intelligent) nor very socially attractive, but undoubtedly modern (youthful and up-to-date). To define the role of English borrowings in the formation of social identity is also important in language planning: this could form the basis for language politicians to evaluate the influence of English on the Lithuanian language as a whole. It would seem that the borrowing of English words that is due to sociopsychological reasons and serves as an identity marker takes place within the framework of a certain context and age and is not of universal validity.
Appears in Collections:Darbai ir dienos / Deeds and Days 2006, nr. 46

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