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English around the World : Sociolinguistic Perspectives - Jenny Cheshire

English around the World

Sociolinguistic Perspectives

By: Jenny Cheshire (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th July 1991
ISBN: 9780521395656
Number Of Pages: 704

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Only a few centuries ago the English language consisted of a collection of dialects spoken mainly by monolinguals and only within the shores of a small island. Now the English language includes such typologically distinct varieties as pidgins and creoles, 'new' Englishes, and a range of different standard and nonstandard varieties that are spoken on a regular basis in many different countries throughout the world. English is also, of course, the main language used for communication at an international level. The use of English in such a diverse range of social contexts around the world provides us with a unique opportunity to analyse and document the linguistic variation and change that is occurring within a single language, on a far greater scale - as far as we know - than has ever happened in the world's linguistic history before. This volume is intended to give a comprehensive account of our current knowledge of variation in the use of the English language around the world. Overview papers, written by specialist authors, survey the social context in which English is spoken in those parts of the world where it is widely used. Case study papers then provide representative examples of the empirical research that has been carried out into the English that is spoken in that part of the world. The volume therefore contributes both to our understanding of the English language worldwide and to a more general understanding of language as it is used in its social context. It assesses the extent of our current knowledge of variation in the English language and points to gaps in our understanding which future research might set out to remedy.

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"This collection...indispensable for all scholars who take the sociolinguistics of English around the world seriously." American Speech "English around the World is a serious, informative volume which provides new insights into the role of English, especially in non-Western societies." Joan McConnell, Modern Language Journal

List of figuresp. x
List of contributorsp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Introduction: sociolinguistics and English around the worldp. 1
The UK and the USAp. 13
Irelandp. 37
Urban and rural varieties of Hiberno-Englishp. 51
Sociolinguistic variation and methodology: after as a Dublin variablep. 61
The interpretation of social constraints on variation in Belfast Englishp. 75
Canadap. 89
Phonological variation and recent language change in St John's Englishp. 108
Sociophonetic variation in Vancouverp. 123
Social differentiation in Ottawa Englishp. 134
New Zealandp. 153
Social constraints on the phonology of New Zealand Englishp. 169
Maori English: a New Zealand myth?p. 187
Sporting formulae in New Zealand English: two models of male solidarityp. 200
Australiap. 213
/ae/ and /a:/ in Australian Englishp. 227
Variation in subject-verb agreement in Inner Sydney Englishp. 235
Australian Creole English: the effect of cultural knowledge on language and memoryp. 256
South Asiap. 271
Final consonant cluster simplification in a variety of Indian Englishp. 288
Patterns of language use in a bilingual setting in Indiap. 299
Speech acts in an indigenised variety: sociocultural values and language variationp. 308
Southeast Asia and Hongkongp. 319
Stylistic shifts in the English of the Philippine print mediap. 333
Variation in Malaysian English: the pragmatics of languages in contactp. 364
Social and linguistic constraints on variation in the use of two grammatical variables in Singapore Englishp. 376
East Africa (Tanzania and Kenya)p. 391
The politics of the English language in Kenya and Tanzaniap. 402
National and subnational features in Kenyan Englishp. 420
Southern Africap. 435
Sources and consequences of miscommunication in Afrikaans English -- South African English encountersp. 446
Syntactic variation in South African Indian English: the relative clausep. 462
The social significance of language use and language choice in a Zambian urban setting: an empirical study of three neighbourhoods in Lusakap. 474
West Africap. 493
The pronoun system in Nigerian Pidgin: a preliminary studyp. 509
The sociolinguistics of prepositional usage in Nigerian Englishp. 518
Social and linguistic constraints on plural marking in Liberian Englishp. 544
The Caribbeanp. 565
Standardisation in a creole continuum situation: the Guyana casep. 585
Gender roles and linguistic variation in the Belizean Creole communityp. 595
Sociolinguistic variation in Cane Walk: a quantitative case studyp. 609
The Pacificp. 619
Watching girls pass by in Tok Pisinp. 637
Sociolinguistic variation and language attitudes in Hawaiip. 647
Variation in Fiji Englishp. 664
Index of topicsp. 675
Index of place namesp. 682
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ISBN: 9780521395656
ISBN-10: 0521395658
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 15th July 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 4.57
Weight (kg): 1.04