Jamaican Creole Goes Web

Sociolinguistic styling and authenticity in a digital 'Yaad'

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Large-scale migration after WWII and the prominence of Jamaican Creole in the media have promoted its use all around the globe. Deterritorialisation has entailed the contact-induced transformation of Jamaican Creole in diaspora communities and its adoption by ‘crossers’. Taking sociolinguistic globalisation yet a step further, this monograph investigates the use of Jamaican Creole in a web discussion forum by combining quantitative and qualitative methodology in a sociolinguistic ‘third wave’ approach. In the absence of standardised orthography, one of the central aims of this study is to document the sociolinguistic styling and grassroots (anti-) standardisation of spelling norms for Jamaican Creole in the web forum as a virtual community of practice. An analysis of individual repertoire portraits demonstrates that conventionalised spelling variants co-occur with basilectal Jamaican Creole morphosyntax in ‘Cyber-Jamaican’ as the digital ethnolinguistic repertoire of the discussion forum. The enregisterment of this ethnolinguistic repertoire is closely tied to staged performance, which establishes the link between ‘Cyber-Jamaican’ and the negotiation of sociolinguistic identity and authenticity via stance-taking.
[Creole Language Library, 49]  2015.  viii, 294 pp.
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Table of Contents
1. The Globalisation Of Jamaican Creole
2. Creole On The Web: The 'Corpus Of Cyber-Jamaican'
3. The Sociolinguistics Of Cmc
4. Spelling: Grassroots Conventionalisation And Styling
5. 'Cyber-Jamaican': A Digital Ethnolinguistic Repertoire
6. The Sociolinguistic Authenticity Of 'Cyber-Jamaican'
7. Conclusion
“This is a very comprehensive and well-argued study […]. I recommend it to anyone interested in the sociolinguistics of creole languages, as it makes a signifi- cant contribution to closing the much-lamented gap between current research in sociolinguistics and sociolinguistic research on creoles.”
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