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ERIC Number: EJ783202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 29
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0739-9863
Identity and Language: Contributions to and Consequences of Speaking Spanish in the Workplace
Bergman, Mindy E.; Watrous-Rodriguez, Kristen M.; Chalkley, Katherine M.
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v30 n1 p40-68 2008
Language is an important marker of identity. Guided by social identity theory and using a grounded theory approach, this study examined how languages are chosen and shape experiences in the workplace. Results suggest that language use is influenced by both external (norms, business needs) and internal (identity, language comfort) processes. Furthermore, speaking Spanish in the workplace has both positive (inclusion, camaraderie) and negative effects (exclusion, harassment, discrimination), with many more negative effects reported by our participants. Speaking Spanish appears to mark the speaker as an outsider. Together, our results indicate that language use is an important choice, personally and professionally, for employees and plays an important role in the way individuals are treated in the workplace. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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