English in the Indian Diaspora
Marianne Hundt | University of Zurich
Devyani Sharma | Queen Mary University of London
Diasporic populations offer unique opportunities for the study of language variation and change. This volume is the first collection of sociolinguistic studies of English use across the historically complex and widely dispersed Indian diaspora. The contributions describe particular sociohistorical contexts (the UK, Fiji, South Africa, Singapore, and the Caribbean) and then use this rich empirical base to examine diverse questions in theory and method, such as the extent to which different settings see different or similar linguistic outcomes; the role of community structures, transnational ties, attitudes, and identity; reasons for differing rates of change, adaptation, and focussing; and the relevance of endonormative stabilization of Asian Englishes. These themes do not simply further our understandings of diaspora. They can ultimately feed into wider theoretical questions in language contact studies, including universals, selection and adaptation of traits, and interactions between social contact, identity, and language change.
[Varieties of English Around the World, G50] 2014. ix, 244 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
List of tables | pp. vii–viii
List of figures | p. ix
IntroductionMarianne Hundt and Devyani Sharma | pp. 1–8
Indo-Trinidadian speech: An investigation into a popular stereotype surrounding pitchGlenda Leung and Dagmar Deuber | pp. 9–27
Identity, ethnicity and fine phonetic detail: An acoustic phonetic analysis of syllable-initial /t/ in Glaswegian girls of Pakistani heritageFarhana Alam and Jane Stuart-Smith | pp. 29–53
East African Indian twice migrants in Britain: Phonological variation across generationsClaudia Rathore | pp. 55–83
Sociophonetics and the Indian diaspora: The NURSE vowel and other selected features in South African Indian EnglishRajend Mesthrie and Alida Chevalier | pp. 85–104
Imperfectives in Singapore’s Indian communityJakob R.E. Leimgruber and Lavanya Sankaran | pp. 105–130
Zero articles in Indian Englishes: a comparison of primary and secondary diaspora situationsMarianne Hundt | pp. 131–170
A lesser globalisation: A sociolexical study of Indian Englishes in diaspora, with a primary focus on South AfricaRajend Mesthrie | pp. 171–186
Indo-Fijian English: Linguistic diaspora or endonormative stabilization?Lena Zipp | pp. 187–213
Transnational flows, language variation, and ideologyDevyani Sharma | pp. 215–242
Index | pp. 243–244
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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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