Chapter published in:The Dynamics of English in Namibia: Perspectives on an emerging variety
Edited by Anne Schröder
[Varieties of English Around the World G65] 2021
► pp. 275–297
The dynamics of English in Namibia
A World Englishes perspective
This paper positions the volume’s findings on English in Namibia in the wider context of World Englishes. After briefly summarizing generally important insights of the book’s contributions, Namibian English is compared to other global varieties with respect to its sociohistorical embedding (being an exceptionally young variety), sociolinguistic settings (including multilingualism, language contact, linguistic mixing), language policy (found to be unique) and structural properties on the levels of pronunciation, morphosyntax and lexis (showcasing an idiosyncratic vowel split and many shared structures). Special attention is paid to Namibia’s linguistic relationship with South Africa and other southern African countries. Finally, closer attention is paid to Namibia’s role in several models of World Englishes, including traditional, established and more recent lines of thinking.
Keywords: Dynamic Model, models of World Englishes, Namibian English, South African English, southern African Englishes
Published online: 10 September 2021
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