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Books: Dialectology/Discourse Analysis: Muhleisen

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  1. paul, Creole Discourse: Muhleisen

Message 1: Creole Discourse: Muhleisen

Date: Tue, 07 Jan 2003 14:02:21 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Creole Discourse: Muhleisen

Title: Creole Discourse
Subtitle: Exploring prestige formation and change across Caribbean
	 English-lexicon Creoles
Series Title: Creole Language Library 24
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Author: Susanne M´┐Żhleisen, J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt 

Hardback: ISBN: 9027252467, Pages: xiv, 332 pp., Price: EUR 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1588112977, Pages: xiv, 332 pp., Price: USD 99.00

Creole languages are characteristically associated with a negative
image. How has this prestige been formed? And is it as static as the
diglossic situation in many anglo-creolophone societies seems to
suggest? This volume examines socio-historical and epistemological
factors in the prestige formation of Caribbean English-Lexicon Creoles
and subjects their classification as a (socio)linguistic type to
scrutiny and critical debate. In its analysis of rich empirical data
this study also demonstrates that the uses, functions and negotiations
of Creole within particular social and linguistic practices have
shifted considerably. Rather than limiting its scope to one "national"
speech community, the discussion focusses on changes of the social
meaning of Creole in various discursive fields, such as inter
generational changes of Creole use in the London Diaspora, diachronic
changes of Creole representation in written texts, and diachronic
changes of Creole representation in translat! ion. The study employs
a discourse analytical approach drawing on linguistic models as well
as Foucauldian theory.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and transcription conventions ix 
List of tables and figures xi 
Acknowledgments xiii 

Introduction. Creole discourse: Exploring prestige formation and
	 change across Caribbean English-lexicon Creoles 3
Chapter 1. Defining language prestige: The positioning of Creole in
	 linguistic and social parameters 23
Chapter 2. Forming language prestige: Caribbean English-lexicon
	 Creoles as prototypical low prestige languages 55
Chapter 3. Negotiating language prestige: Towards a
	 functional/discursive framework 93
Chapter 4. From speech community to discourse communities: Changing
	 Creole representations in the urban diaspora 135
Chapter 5. From badge of authenticity to voice of authority: Changing
	 Creole representations in writing 183
Chapter 6. From invisibility to register variation: Changing Creole
	 representations in translation 225
Conclusion 263 
Works cited 269 
Appendix 287

Lingfield(s): Dialectology (Sociolinguistics)
		Discourse Analysis

Written Language: English (Language Code: ENG)

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