“You haven’t been to Queens”: The epistemics of identity and place

Sylvia Antonina Sierra, Alexandra Botti


This research examines the discursive processes through which a New York City transplant constructs his identity as a knowledgeable NYC resident. We focus on the relevance of epistemics in the relational identity processes of authentication and denaturalization (Bucholtz & Hall 2005), arguing that these may be central to the construction of an identity based around place. In our analysis, we show how the speaker uses authentication to legitimize his claims to specific place knowledge and thus his place identity, while also engaging in a process of denaturalization that downplays others’ rights to knowledge, constructing their place identities as false or inauthentic.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/exabs.v0i0.2397