Article published in:The Evolution of Englishes: The Dynamic Model and beyond
Edited by Sarah Buschfeld, Thomas Hoffmann, Magnus Huber and Alexander Kautzsch
[Varieties of English Around the World G49] 2014
► pp. 58–69
The sociophonetic effects of Event X
Post-apartheid Black South African English in multicultural contact with other South African Englishes
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 is a growing trend towards the acquisition of the prestige variant of South African English by young middle-class Black speakers. But there are intermediate varieties which have arisen and are flourishing in the new post-apartheid openness. This paper offers a close analysis of Black speakers who have been influenced by the norms of Indian and Coloured counterparts, especially within an informal educational context. The implications of such multicultural contact within the Schneider’s Dynamic Model are explored.
Keywords: Black South African English, multicultural contact, sociophonetic change, South African English
Published online: 12 September 2014
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