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ERIC Number: EJ883151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Being a Niuean or Being Niue? An Investigation into the Use of Identity Labels
Starks, Donna
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v9 n2 p124-138 2010
Identity labels are used by in-group and out-group members to define themselves both referentially and socially. This article explores the use of identity labels in interview data from the Pasifika Languages of Manukau Project, a project that examined the language maintenance and use of Samoan, Tongan, Cook Island, and Niuean peoples in Auckland, New Zealand. Fourteen 1 hour interviews were analysed and 3,162 instances of the 2 terms "Niuean" and "Niue" were extracted from the speech of the interviewer and her participants. Although the findings show a strong preference for the use of "Niuean", the interviewer and the majority of her participants use both labels. For most of the participants in the study, "Niue" is a marked form used to express solidarity. The article contrasts this use with that of another participant who associates the label "Niuean" with out-group use. Extracts from the latter interview show how the "Niuean" label is used both for "othering" and for expressing solidarity. The article ends with commentary on the potential effects of these in-group labels on language planning initiatives in the New Zealand Niuean community. (Contains 1 table and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; Niue