World Englishes on the Web

The Nigerian diaspora in the USA

Mirka Honkanen | University of Freiburg
ISBN 9789027207395 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027260888 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
World Englishes on the Web focuses on linguistic practices at the intersection of international migration and social media, examining the language repertoires of Nigerians living in the United States, and their negotiations of identity and authenticity on a Nigerian web forum. Based on a large corpus of informal, multilingual, interactive, online writing, this book describes how diasporic Nigerians employ African-American Vernacular English, Nigerian English, Nigerian Pidgin, and ethnic Nigerian languages in an online community of practice. The project combines corpus linguistic methods—relying on a corpus management tool custom-made for web forum data—with ethnographically-informed qualitative analyses of morphosyntactic, lexical, and orthographic features, and immigrants’ language attitudes and ideologies. It is relevant particularly for linguists and other social scientists interested in World Englishes, the sociolinguistics of globalization and computer-mediated communication, corpus linguistics, and pidgin and creole languages
[Varieties of English Around the World, G63]  2020.  vii, 338 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Diaspora sociolinguistics is an increasingly relevant subfield that can produce detailed studies of communities affected and even created by globalization, and varieties of English studies is uniquely positioned to illuminate the dialect contact side of that coin. Honkanen’s project on diasporic CMD delivers on this promise in important ways. She provides a model for working with very large corpora in a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. The rich illustrations of feature uses from the corpus, presented in more than 100 tables throughout the book, make it a treasure trove of examples for sociolinguists, students of varieties of English, and other related interests. Given the size of the corpus, even comparatively rare features are retrieved with hit numbers in the hundreds.”
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Cited by 3 other publications

Honkanen, Mirka & Julia Müller
2021. Interjections and emojis in Nigerian online communication. World Englishes Crossref logo
Mair, Christian
2020. Nigerian English in Germany. World Englishes Crossref logo
Unuabonah, Foluke Olayinka
2021. ‘Mehn! This wins the award’. English Today  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo

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BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009050 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020019601 | Marc record