Research Article

The Relationship between Language and Identity


  • Somaya Alshehri Bisha University, College of Sciences and Arts, Saudi Arabia


This research explores the relationship between language and identity; with more than 7,000 spoken languages in the world today, we can transmit our identities and thoughts by using our language, and that is one of the strongest human abilities as far as the language is different as much as the transmitted can be different too since the language is a main and an important method to express our identities in any culture and society. Language is either individual words, connected speech, or even writing. While we use written or spoken language, we do not only express our thoughts, culture, society,   intentions but also who we really are and how we want people to see us. We both perform and produce specific identities depending on the context. I used a survey (quantitative data), and I published it on different media, so I could gather as many participants and cover a large number of experiences. It included both open and closed questions and also included possible answers (multiple choices) to serve accuracy as well as selecting percent to serve self-evaluation. The participants of the study were random people of society from different age categories, consisting of both genders, male and female, with graphs to show some of the statistics of the survey questions. As I mentioned before, the setting was different social media programs. Hopefully, this research will clarify the relationship between language and identity.

Article information


International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation

Volume (Issue)

6 (7)





How to Cite

Alshehri, S. (2023). The Relationship between Language and Identity. International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation, 6(7), 156–161.