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Academic Paper

Title: Variation within a Greek-Cypriot community of practice in London: Code-switching, gender, and identity
Author: Katerina A. Finnis
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Institution: University of Central Lancashire
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Greek, Modern
Abstract: The past two decades have seen an explosion of interest in interactionally orientated perspectives on identity. The Community of Practice framework was employed by sociolinguists working within this paradigm because it firmly grounds identity in social practice seeing it as a process that speakers engage in during actual interactions. Interest in variation within communities of practice is growing, as the well-boundedness of linguistic and social concepts (including identity and language) is increasingly questioned. The current article develops this perspective by exploring code-switching practices of British-born Greek-Cypriots in two distinct contexts: community meetings and a dinner. Findings indicate that this community of practice does not constitute a uniform entity: complex interactions transpire between local and global variables including gender, community-specific setups, contexts, and discourse types. The study also problematizes the concepts core and periphery, used to describe variation within communities of practice, offering a revised understanding of practice, which focuses on silent participation.


This article appears IN Language in Society Vol. 43, Issue 3.

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