GSE Faculty Research

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 2003


Individuals become socially identified when categories of identity are used repeatedly to characterize them. Speech that denotes participants and involves parallelism between descriptions of participants and the events that they enact in the event of speaking can be a powerful mechanism for accomplishing consistent social identification. This article describes how two different types of participant-denoting speech events—participant examples and autobiographical narratives—can involve such parallelism, in which speakers simultaneously represent and enact analogous social positions and thereby strengthen social identification.


Published as Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Volume 13, Issue 2, 2003, pages 189-210. © 2003 by the Regents of the University of California/American Anthropological Association. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California/on behalf of the American Anthropological Association for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on Caliber ( ( or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center, ( ).



Date Posted: 28 February 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.