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Language, Intergroup Parameters of

  1. Howard Giles,
  2. Scott A. Reid

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0494

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Giles, H. and Reid, S. A. 2010. Language, Intergroup Parameters of. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of California, Santa Barbara

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Language is an integral element of most multicultural contexts. Take, for example, the resurrection of Hebrew as a lingua franca in multicultural Israel, the role of French in Quebecois separation, and the revival of Catalan in Spain. Yet beyond nationalist and ethnic arenas, forms of language (e.g., dialect, nonverbals, and discourse) play key roles in virtually all intergroup situations—as evident in adolescents' distinctive speech styles, patronizing ways of addressing and referring to older adults and those physically challenged, gay expressions and tone of voice, and so forth (see Clément, 1996). In fact, intergroup processes have become core foci in the social psychology of language, as witnessed by their frequent occurrence across many different chapters of The New Handbook of Language and Social Psychology (Robinson & Giles, 2001), and language and communication issues have, in turn, featured prominently in the study of intergroup relations (Kashima, Fielder, & Freytag, 2007; Reid & Giles, 2005).


  • intergroup communication;
  • bilingualism;
  • stereotyping;
  • social identity theory