March 29, 2018

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This ongoing search for ontological security takes place at the crossroads of the past, present and future, as in their day-to-day interactions with their environments, individuals are constantly reconciling their current sense of self and their accumulated past, with a view to dealing with what awaits them in the future. This process is necessarily conflictive in nature: metaphorically, it involves a dialectic whereby often-contradictory forces must be synthesized. It is not, therefore, about the simple accumulation of experiences and knowledge.

Similarly, Vann et al. (this volume, Chapter 12) in their analysis of students' classroom talk activity that parallels the remunerative world of work, note that 'other students show their appreciation of his [a student's] wit with their laughter, thus co-constructing his identity at this moment* (my emphasis) What these claims demonstrate is that identity is located in the moment within a stretch of utterance, or thought in a non-interactional context, when the specific signifying communicative action is performed and/or perceived (see also Ibrahim's Use of Moments of Identification, 2003: 173).

2000), 'Islands and identity in Sociolinguistics: a theoretical perspective', in T. ), Islands and Identity in Sociolinguistics: Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 143. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 1-13. — (2004), The Sociolinguistics of Borderlands: Two Nations, One Community. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. HIERARCHY OF IDENTITIES OMONIYI 33 — (2005), 'Toward a re-theorization of codeswitching', in "Toward a More Inclusive Applied Linguistic English Language Teaching: A Symposium", TESOL Quarterly, 39, (4 729-34.

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