English Around the World: Sociolinguistic Perspectives

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Jenny Cheshire
Cambridge University Press, Apr 26, 1991 - Foreign Language Study - 684 pages
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This volume looks at the little explored but increasingly important topic of the development of English as a world language. It gives 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 spoken in the areas covered by the overview. 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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Contents

The UK and the USA
13
Ireland
37
Urban and rural varieties of HibernoEnglish
51
Sociolinguistic variation and methodology after as a Dublin variable
61
The interpretation of social constraints on variation in Belfast English
75
Canada
89
Phonological variation and recent language change in St Johns English
108
Sociophonetic variation in Vancouver
123
Social and linguistic constraints on variation in the use of two grammatical variables in Singapore English
376
East Africa Tanzania and Kenya
391
The politics of the English language in Kenya and Tanzania
402
National and subnational features in Kenyan English
420
Southern Africa
435
Sources and consequences of miscommunication in Afrikaans English South African English encounters
446
Syntactic variation in South African Indian English the relative clause
462
The social significance of language use and language choice in a Zambian urban setting an empirical study of three neighbourhoods in Lusaka
474

Social differentiation in Ottawa English
134
New Zealand
153
Social constraints on the phonology of New Zealand English
169
Maori English a New Zealand myth?
187
Sporting formulae in New Zealand English two models of male solidarity
200
Australia
213
ae and a in Australian English
227
Variation in subjectverb agreement in Inner Sydney English
235
Australian Creole English the effect of cultural knowledge on language and memory
256
South Asia
271
Final consonant cluster simplification in a variety of Indian English
288
Patterns of language use in a bilingual setting in India
299
Speech acts in an indigenised variety sociocultural values and language variation
308
Southeast Asia and Hong Kong
319
Stylistic shifts in the English of the Philippine print media
333
Variation in Malaysian English the pragmatics of languages in contact
364
West Africa
493
The pronoun system in Nigerian Pidgin a preliminary study
509
The sociolinguistics of prepositional usage in Nigerian English
519
Social and linguistic constraints on plural marking in Liberian English
545
The Caribbean
565
Standardisation in a creole continuum situation the Guyana case
585
Gender roles and linguistic variation in the Belizean Creole community
595
Sociolinguistic variation in Cane Walk a quantitative case study
609
The Pacific
619
Watching girls pass by in Tok Pisin
637
Sociolinguistic variation and language attitudes in Hawaii
647
Variation in Fiji English
664
Index of topics
675
Index of place names
682
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