Corpus Linguistics And World Englishes / Edition 1 by Vivian de Klerk, De Vivian Klerk | | 9780826488411 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Corpus Linguistics And World Englishes / Edition 1

Corpus Linguistics And World Englishes / Edition 1

by Vivian de Klerk, De Vivian Klerk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826488412

ISBN-13: 9780826488411

Pub. Date: 01/01/2007

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic


English is a global language which has spread historically through imperialism and more recently through communication networks throughout the world. In each location in which English is spoken it absorbs some of the idiosyncracies of the language native to that region, and one of the most fascinating areas of research for World Englishes is the African context.

Overview


English is a global language which has spread historically through imperialism and more recently through communication networks throughout the world. In each location in which English is spoken it absorbs some of the idiosyncracies of the language native to that region, and one of the most fascinating areas of research for World Englishes is the African context. This research monograph examines English as it is spoken in South Africa, and is based primarily on an extensive spoken corpus of Xhosa English. Vivian de Klerk presents a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the historical development of this language, and of English in South Africa more generally. The book outlines how the corpus of spoken language was designed and built, and discusses the criteria relating to informants, spoken categories, codes and transcription conventions. The syntactic, phonological and pragmatic features of Xhosa English as demonstrated by the corpus are described in detail, and two chapters focus on discourse markers such as 'actually' and 'well'. The second section of this book examines the sociolinguistic implications of the corpus findings. Vivian de Klerk looks at language in educational, legal, social, cultural and everyday contexts. The final chapter of the book speculates as to the future of this fascinating variety of English in a globalised world. This cutting-edge study will be of interest to researchers in world Englishes, language variation and corpus linguistics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826488411
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Corpus and Discourse Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

IntroductionSECTION A: THE CONTEXT 1: Xhosa English as a World English 2: The need for norms: building a spoken corpus3: The structure of the Xhosa English corpus SECTION B: CORPUS STUDIES & SOCIOLINGUISTIC INSIGHTS 4: Topic choices and lexical characteristics5: The role of APPRAISAL resources in discussing AIDS6: Formulaic utterances7: Codeswitching in the corpus8: Informal conversation versus legal discourseSECTION C: CORPUS STUDIES & LINGUISTIC DESCRIPTION9: The syntactic features of Xhosa English Chapter 10: The use of discourse markers: the case of 'actually'11: Procedural meanings of 'well' in the corpus.12: Expressing levels of intensity in Xhosa English SECTION D: OVERVIEW13: The future of Xhosa English: Social and Educational issuesReferencesIndex

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