Undergraduate Honors Thesis


“I am also a Colorado Native”: A Perspective of Identity-Work in Conversation Public Deposited

  • Identity is socially constructed and emerges through discourse, where identity is claimed, negotiated and challenged through linguistic practices. Both on-record and off-record linguistic resources are utilized as mechanisms of identity construction and negotiation. This project involves analyzing a conversation among a focus group of four individuals, who are negotiating the identity, “Colorado native”. The research draws upon conventions of conversation analysis to reveal identity-work that is being done in a minute-long segment of conversation; more specifically, this research builds upon current linguistic research done by Bucholtz and Hall (2005) and Kitzinger (2005), as well as focuses on off-record elements of conversation like gaze organization, gesturing, and facial expressions that occur in cohesion with identity construction. Off-record behaviors such as gaze organization, gesturing and facial expressions have seldom been analyzed with identity and from a conversation analysis perspective. This study provides insight into the micro-linguistic practices of identity formation and negotiation in discourse through looking at identity-work being done in a conversation between Colorado natives and non-natives. Keywords: identity, identity-work, conversation analysis, gaze organization, on-record, off-record, linguistics, Colorado native, native vs non-native
Date Awarded
  • 2018-01-01
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Last Modified
  • 2019-12-02
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