The English Language and the Construction of Cultural and Social Identity in Zimbabwean and Trinbagonian Literatures / Edition 1

The English Language and the Construction of Cultural and Social Identity in Zimbabwean and Trinbagonian Literatures / Edition 1

by Edmund Olushina Bamiro
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820444952

ISBN-13: 9780820444956

Pub. Date: 02/28/2000

Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers

This study is unique in that it blends insights from post-colonial literary theory, sociolinguistics, and the social psychology of language use to compare the nature, function, and meaning of English in the delineation of cultural and social identities in anglophone Zimbabwean and Trinbagonian literatures. These identities are communicated through certain

Overview

This study is unique in that it blends insights from post-colonial literary theory, sociolinguistics, and the social psychology of language use to compare the nature, function, and meaning of English in the delineation of cultural and social identities in anglophone Zimbabwean and Trinbagonian literatures. These identities are communicated through certain nativization strategies and the power and politics of English. The study emphasizes that the variations in the linguistic practices of Zimbabwean and Trinbagonian (and, indeed, other post-colonial) writers cumulatively establish different meanings (identities/subjectivities) from those of the users of the hegemonic or putative standard English linguistic code.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820444956
Publisher:
Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics Series , #40
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
List of Data Sources and Their Abbreviationsxi
1.Introduction1
2.The English Language in the Post-Colonial Context, with Special Reference to Its Use in Literature25
Linguistic Configuration in Zimbabwe and Trinidad and Tobago31
African and Caribbean Writers' Attitudes Towards English52
3.English in Selected Texts of Zimbabwean Literature69
Linguistic Texturing in the Novels71
Nativization Strategies76
The Power and Politics of English114
Table I: Summary of Linguistic Features133
4.English in Selected Texts of Trinidadian and Tobagan Literature137
Linguistic Texturing in the Novels139
Nativization Strategies145
The Power and Politics of English172
Table II: Summary of Linguistic Features192
5.Conclusion195
Works Cited211
Index235

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