New article published by Philip Limerick

Philip Limerick's latest article, "Identity in discourse: person-reference among Mexicans in the Southeastern U.S.", has just been published in Lengua y migración/Language and Migration.  The abstract is copied below. Congrats, Philip!



This study examines the identity of Mexican immigrants through their choice of person-reference in discourse. Through positioning theory (Davies and Harré 1990), the social orientation of speakers with respect to other people is explored by analyzing both personal (e.g. yo ‘I’) and impersonal (e.g. uno ‘one’) forms, as well as discursive strategies such as distancing and involvement. The data consist of ten sociolinguistic interviews carried out in Roswell, Georgia with native Spanish-speakers from Mexico who talk about their experiences adapting to Georgia. Results indicate that the most common choice in person-reference is first-person singular, although impersonal forms are also quite common. Speakers use person-reference forms to express involvement in the majority of cases; however, they also use impersonal forms as a distancing strategy. The findings suggest that speakers in the present analysis construct their identities both individually and collectively, as revealed by personreference devices