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Title: Bengali-English in East London
Subtitle: A Study in Urban Multilingualism
Written By: Sebastian M. Rasinger
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=11036
Series Title: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics, Volume 11
Description:

Following two major waves of immigration after World War II, the
Bangladeshi community in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets is now
one of the largest in the Bangladeshi diaspora, counting some 65,000
people. This is the first in-depth study of language and language-use
within this Bangladeshi community. Based on a corpus of spontaneous speech
data collected within the area, it provides the reader with an overview of
the linguistic characteristics of 'Bengali-English' as well as patterns of
language-use.

This book focuses on three areas: first, following the tradition of similar
studies of the language of minority groups, an analysis of Bengali-English
morphosyntax provides a detailed description of its morphosyntactic
properties and the different developmental stages learners pass through.
Second, a sociolinguistic analysis of the influence of social and
psychological factors on the language and its speakers is presented. And
last, based on quantitative survey data, and supported by qualitative data
obtained through ethnographic interviews, the study evaluates the issues of
identity and ethnolinguistic vitality within the Bangladeshi community.


Contents:

Tower Hamlets and the Bengali community - Analytic framework: Describing
Bengali-English - Methodological Issues - Analysis of six syntactic
categories - Syntactic development and overall performance - A
Sociolinguistic Analysis of Bengali-English - Ethnolinguistic vitality.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3039110365
ISBN-13: 9783039110360
Pages: 270
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