Postcolonial English: Varieties around the World

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Cambridge University Press, 17.05.2007
The global spread of English has resulted in the emergence of a diverse range of postcolonial varieties around the world. Postcolonial English provides a clear and original account of the evolution of these varieties, exploring the historical, social and ecological factors that have shaped all levels of their structure. It argues that while these Englishes have developed new and unique properties which differ greatly from one location to another, their spread and diversification can in fact be explained by a single underlying process, which builds upon the constant relationships and communication needs of the colonizers, the colonized, and other parties. Outlining the stages and characteristics of this process, it applies them in detail to English in sixteen different countries across all continents as well as, in a separate chapter, to a history of American English. Of key interest to sociolinguists, dialectologists, historical linguists and syntacticians alike, this book provides a fascinating new picture of the growth and evolution of English around the globe.

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55 The Philippines
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165 It is indicative that in
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14 observed this a while ago and if Baldauf 2004
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The complexity of the sociolinguistic constellations in South Africa
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As before in the case of India the Dynamic Model
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This may in
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510 Kenya
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Thus during this period initial if highly restricted bilingualism
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bilingualism develops predominantly among a minority of the local
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they entail an everincreasing range of contacts with members of
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95 I call
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245 The
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first used to be a foreign temporary destination has now
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related to broader issues of language use in a given
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developments are a political issue and hence conflicting opinions will
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4 Linguistic aspects of nativization
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of almost 70 varieties worldwide Schneider et al 2004 for
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Pronunciation tendencies by language types
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The last type of lexical expansion to be mentioned here
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number of speakers like the ruts of a wagon
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421 Degrees of difference
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with exceptional frequency Such distributional relations are precisely
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linguistic processes
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be clear that most of these factors are closely related
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England and l vocalization in parts of West Africa which
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case studies
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51 Fiji
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614 Secondly despite the limited impact of
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53 New Zealand
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Dialect mixture and koineization shaped early New Zealand English as
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respects New Zealand usage is found to be variable but
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Taiwan
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2534 Michieka 2005183 Descriptive work on properties of
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5123 Phase 3 late 1940s
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5141 Phase 1 1627ca 1650
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5143 Phase 4 1961
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Greenland ICELAND
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the British who came later could build upon or inherit
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5164 Phase 4 ca 1920ca 1970
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the emergence
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Lumbees do have a distinct ethnolinguistic identity which is expressed
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happened practically all the time koineization occurred so in a
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and of course Spanish place names in Florida including the
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in North America there prevails not only the
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632 Identity constructions
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633 Sociolinguistic conditions
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634 Linguistic effects
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differences between varieties
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Similar movements can be found elsewhere the Cajun Renaissance to
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Signaling endangered local identities through language
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a great expansion geographically and phonologically in the second half
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research eg Wolfram 1984 Leap 1993 identified unmarked tense in
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218 and enjoys strong covert prestige SJ Roberts
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7 Conclusion
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Seite 277 - As an independent nation, our honor requires us to have a system of our own, in language as well as government. Great Britain, whose children we are and whose language we speak, should no longer be our standard, for the taste of her writers is already corrupted and her language on the decline.
Seite 269 - Though the inhabitants of this Country are composed of different Nations and different languages, yet it is very remarkable that they in general speak better English than the English do.
Seite 287 - ... education. Noah Webster's blueback speller and William Holmes McGuffey's series of readers became all-time best-sellers, and the possession of certificates and diplomas became a passport to success. In the absence of a well-defined elite (except in parts of the South and some of the older cultural centers), it is not surprising that a citizen population that often sought salvation from the literal (though translated) message of the Bible should seek its path to education in the literal message...
Seite 185 - To my compatriots, I have no hesitation in saying that each one of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld. Each time one of us touches the soil of this land, we feel a sense of personal renewal.
Seite 297 - When a man says [rat] or [huus], he is unconsciously establishing the fact that he belongs to the island : that he is one of the natives to whom the island really belongs.
Seite 290 - English people; but there are fewer local peculiarities of form and articulation in our vast extent of territory than on the comparatively narrow soil of Great Britain. In spite of disturbing and distracting causes, English is more emphatically one in America than in its native land...
Seite 277 - English, yet several circumstances render a future separation of the American tongue from the English, necessary and unavoidable. The vicinity of the European nations, with the uninterrupted communication in peace, and the changes of dominion in war, are gradually assimilating their respective languages.

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Edgar W. Schneider is Professor and Chair of English Linguistics in the Department of English and American Studies, University of Regensburg.

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