Pragmatic explorations of reference and identity in public discourses

Minna Nevala, Ursula Lutzky

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingChapter in edited volume


This introductory chapter sets the scene for the contributions to this volume which are all focused on the analysis of reference and identity in public discourses. In this chapter, we provide an initial overview of previous research findings on reference and identity, and thus offer a foundation on which the following chapters will build. The focus is on the study of identity that is constructed or represented in public discourses through reference markers or the discussion of linguistic and extralinguistic defining features. It is the purpose of this introduction to shed light on these discursive mechanisms behind historical and present-day identity construction, as well as to introduce the studies themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReference and Identity in Public Discourses
EditorsUrsula Lutzky, Minna Nevala
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins
ISBN (Electronic)9789027262059
ISBN (Print)9789027204202
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

SeriesPragmatics and Beyond New Series

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 602004 General linguistics
  • 602
  • 602011 Computational linguistics


  • identity construction
  • reference markers
  • public discourse

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