ODISHA AND ODIA: CONCEPTUALIZING LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL IDENTITIES
The concept of ‘identity’ has undergone radical changes in the recent years. Starting from cultural to linguistic to regional identity- all of them have undergone significant shifts and scholars attribute such changes to the ‘crisis of identity’. The research on identities has drawn the attention of researchers from various domains of Humanities and Social Sciences. Among these, linguistic research on identity has been more extensive as there are various socio-economic issues involved with the term ‘identity’ and it has been deeply rooted at the very core of language and society. My study on language and identity focuses on the current perspectives on concept of identity and its strong correlations with culture and language. It explores some significant theoretical insights and empirical findings vis-à-vis language, culture and identity.