Corpus Linguistics and World Englishes: An Analysis of Xhosa English

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 247 pages
English is a global language which has spread historically through imperialism and more recently through communication networks throughout the world. In each location in which English is spoken it absorbs some of the idiosyncracies of the language native to that region, and one of the most fascinating areas of research for World Englishes is the African context. This research monograph examines English as it is spoken in South Africa, and is based primarily on an extensive spoken corpus of Xhosa English. Vivian de Klerk presents a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the historical development of this language, and of English in South Africa more generally. The book outlines how the corpus of spoken language was designed and built, and discusses the criteria relating to informants, spoken categories, codes and transcription conventions. The syntactic, phonological and pragmatic features of Xhosa English as demonstrated by the corpus are described in detail, and two chapters focus on discourse markers such as 'actually' and 'well'. The second section of this book examines the sociolinguistic implications of the corpus findings. Vivian de Klerk looks at language in educational, legal, social, cultural and everyday contexts. The final chapter of the book speculates as to the future of this fascinating variety of English in a globalised world. This cutting-edge study will be of interest to researchers in world Englishes, language variation and corpus linguistics. >
 

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Contents

Xhosa English as a World English
3
Topic choices and lexical characteristics
55
The role of APPRAISAL resources in discussing AIDS
70
Formulaic utterances
89
Codeswitching in the corpus
102
Informal conversation versus legal discourse
120
The syntactic features of Xhosa English
139
the case of actually
157
Procedural meanings of wellin the corpus
171
Expressing levels of intensity in Xhosa English
187
social and educational issues
205
References
214
Background informationconsent form
230
Index
243
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Professor Vivian de Klerk is the Head of the Department of English Language and Linguistics at Rhodes University, South Africa. She is the editor of Focus on English in Southern Africa, John Benjamins: 1996.

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