Talking about one's life and faith: A pilot project on language and religion

Michael Clyne, Gary D. Bouma

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This study focuses on variation between secular and religious register in interviews on life experiences and societal values with three groups of Australian Anglicans. The groups are differentiated according to spiritual orientation into mainstream Anglicans, pietists, and Anglo-Catholics. The religious register is identified lexically and grammatically. Pietists, and particularly women, are most likely to use the religious register while mainstream Anglicans tend to code-switch to this register according to topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-184
Number of pages18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994


  • code switching
  • gender variation
  • language variation
  • religion
  • secularization

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