The construction of national identity as portrayed in contemporary irish fiction: An analysis of the butcher boy by Patrick McCabe
Álvarez, María de la Paz
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Language seems to serve two main functions. On the one hand, it is an instrument of communication. On the other hand, it can constitute a means of asserting one´s identity or one´s distinctiveness from others. Language may be the ideal vehicle to express the unique character of a social group, as it can be a powerful marker of social identity, capable of binding or dividing groups and its salience may displace other identities (Dieckhoff, 2004 cited in Jaspal, 2009).