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      时间:2017-09-12 来源:英语广场

        【关键词】社会语言学 女性身份 话语建构 蛇蝎女佣
        Social identity refers to the membership of a person within a social community, which is of great importance to the member in value and in emotion. The construction of identity is a constant process of self-defining, self-realizing and self-refining. Jenkins (1996) thinks that identity is a way of distinguishing distinct social individuals and the community as a whole among various social connections. Eckert (2000) advocates that identity, or the self-realization is actually an understanding of one’s own social position in relation to others’. The study of language and gender is a popular theme ever since the early 1920s. Jespersen (1922) points out the differences between male language and female language. Lakoff (1975) describes some characteristics of women’s language within American culture from several discursive angles. The discursive construction of identity can be dated back to the later 1960s when Labov (1966) first started to assume that identity is a way of distinguishing individuals and the community as a whole within social relations, thus having the ability of being constructed. Eckert and McConnell-Ginet (2000) believe that men and women are constantly constructing their social identities through language.
        The major story line of Devious Maids is carried out around five maids working for the rich in Beverly Hills. Through their dialogues among themselves or with their employers, they tend to choose to strengthen their female identities.
        Firstly, female identity is constructed as maids. In Devious Maids, several words are constantly mentioned such as “the help”, “the maid”, “mop the floor” “clean the windows” “take care of the baby” “serve” and words like these can be good proofs of what they’ve done. They construct their social identity as the maid under their working situations without feeling embarrassed or humiliated. Language is closely related to social and cultural context. The construction of identity is also closely associated with the language people use in their socialization. The five maids always construct sentences like “I am going to cook” “I have to clean the kitchen” or “I’ll get if for you” which can all explain their social identity as the maid under the social context of working for the rich.