The chapter summarizes the main arguments in the book and points to the way a symbolic and quantitative approach to the study of language in society can be taken forward. It stresses the need for a declaration of author positionality in studying the political meanings of the language-Self-identity link to guard against unintended ideological interference. It further highlights the effect of conflict on the conceptualisation of language as a resource with which to do things in society at the individual and group levels. The chapter argues that identities cannot be reduced to life style choices; it further argues that although identities are not essences they are, nevertheless, far from existing in a state of free fall.
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