Rajend Mesthrie

List of John Benjamins publications for which Rajend Mesthrie plays a role.

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Introducing Sociolinguistics: Second Edition

Rajend Mesthrie, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap

[Not in series, 102] 2009. xxvi, 502 pp.
Subjects Sociolinguistics and Dialectology

Introducing Sociolinguistics

Rajend Mesthrie, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap

[Not in series, 102 (1st)] 2000. 528 pp.
Subjects Sociolinguistics and Dialectology

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This paper adds to the South African and international literature on the fronting of /u:/ in present day English. It investigates the extent to which varieties of South African English spoken by “Coloured” people participate in GOOSE fronting, which has been noted as a notable characteristic of the… read more | Chapter
This paper describes a mid-range (or mesolang) version of Zulu as a second language, acquired ‘naturally’ in a rural area by an Indian South African. Particular attention is paid to the morphology of an agglutinating target language, in relation to the acquisition of an elaborate system of prefixes… read more | Chapter
Mesthrie, Rajend. 2017. Braj B. Kachru (1932–2016). English World-Wide 38:1, pp. 1–4
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South Africa offers an ecological complexity that challenges World Englishes theorizing. The number of speakers of the Settler variety remains relatively large, and other L1 varieties play an important role in public life (primarily those spoken by Indian and Coloured speakers). In addition there… read more | Article
Fanakalo is a southern African pidgin whose main lexifier is Zulu, a non-Indo-European language, and whose genesis lies with Europeans as “imperfect learners” and Africans as “superstrate speakers” in the 19th CE. The question can therefore be raised whether this reversal of social relations and… read more | Article
This paper makes a case for the comparative study of Indian English vocabulary in diaspora. Comparing characteristic usage of Indian terms in their new environments reveals socio-cultural niceties that may not always be possible in studies of syntax and phonetics. The domains of food, music,… read more | Article
Mesthrie, Rajend and Alida Chevalier. 2014. Sociophonetics and the Indian diaspora: The NURSE vowel and other selected features in South African Indian English. English in the Indian Diaspora, Hundt, Marianne and Devyani Sharma (eds.), pp. 85–104
This chapter explores the potential of phonetic and sociophonetic research in characterising varieties of English in the Indian diaspora, using South African Indian English (SAIE) as a focal point. We first identify key phonetic features that lend themselves to such comparative study. In this… read more | Article
This paper examines the status of an informal urban variety in Cape Town known as Tsotsitaal. Similar varieties, going by a plethora of names (Flaaitaal, Iscamtho, Ringas) have been described in other South African cities, especially Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban (see also Sheng in Kenyan… read more | Article
Deumert, Ana and Rajend Mesthrie. 2009. 4. Language variation and change. Introducing Sociolinguistics: Second Edition, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 109 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend. 2009. 1. Clearing the ground: Basic issues, concepts and approaches. Introducing Sociolinguistics: Second Edition, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 1 ff.
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The practices associated with the policy of apartheid entrenched easily-identifiable ethnic varieties of English in South Africa. The collapse of the policy in the 1990s removed social barriers between people and encouraged freedom of association. With new sustained social networks have come new… read more | Article
Mesthrie, Rajend. 2009. 2. Regional dialectology. Introducing Sociolinguistics: Second Edition, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 42 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend. 2009. 3. Social dialectology. Introducing Sociolinguistics: Second Edition, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 74 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend. 2009. 9. L anguage contact 2: Pidgins, Creoles and 'New Englishes'. Introducing Sociolinguistics: Second Edition, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 271 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend and Ana Deumert. 2009. 10. Critical sociolinguistics: Approaches to language and power. Introducing Sociolinguistics: Second Edition, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 309 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend and William L. Leap. 2009. 11. Sociolinguistics and education. Introducing Sociolinguistics: Second Edition, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 344 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend and William L. Leap. 2009. 8. Language contact 1: Maintenance, shift and death. Introducing Sociolinguistics: Second Edition, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 242 ff.
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This chapter focuses on varieties that flourish in South African townships with names like Tsotsitaal, Flaaitaal, Iscamtho, Gamtaal etc. Some speakers and scholars argue that these are new languages arising out of urbanisation and underworld culture in multilingual settings. This chapter examines… read more | Article
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This paper offers a unified account of the syntactic “deviations” found in a second language variety of English, viz. Black South African English (BlSAfE). Most writing on the topic has been content to supply lists of non-standard features which are thought to be diagnostic of the variety. This… read more | Article
A common assumption in studies of English world-wide is that speakers of an L2 frequently rely on the orthographic form of words in settling upon their pronunciation. I call this the “spelling form hypothesis”. This paper critically examines the assumptions behind this hypothesis and shows them to… read more | Article
Review
Deumert, Ana and Rajend Mesthrie. 2000. 4. Language Variation and Change. Introducing Sociolinguistics, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 114 ff.
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Leap, William L. and Rajend Mesthrie. 2000. 11. Sociolinguistics and Education. Introducing Sociolinguistics, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 354 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend. 2000. 1. Clearing the Ground: Basic Issues, Concepts and Approaches. Introducing Sociolinguistics, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 1 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend. 2000. 2. Regional Dialectology. Introducing Sociolinguistics, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 44 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend. 2000. 3. Social Dialectology. Introducing Sociolinguistics, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 76 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend. 2000. 9. Language Contact 2: Pidgins, Creoles and ‘New Englishes’. Introducing Sociolinguistics, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 279 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend and Ana Deumert. 2000. 10. Critical Sociolinguistics: Approaches to Language and Power. Introducing Sociolinguistics, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 316 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend and William L. Leap. 2000. 8. Language Contact 1: Maintenance, Shift and Death. Introducing Sociolinguistics, Mesthrie, Rajend, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William L. Leap, pp. 248 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend. 1996. Language Contact, Transmission, Shift: South African Indian English. Focus on South Africa, de Klerk, Vivian (ed.), pp. 79 ff.
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Mesthrie, Rajend and Paula West. 1995. Towards a Grammar of Proto South African English. English World-Wide 16:1, pp. 105–133
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This paper examines, and refutes, the currently most popular hypothesis concerning the origin of Fanagalo, namely, that it arose on the plantation fields of Natal among indentured East Indian migrants who arrived there from 1860 onwards. Can a pidgin be initiated by a group of migrants from… read more | Article
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