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Title: St Helenian English
Subtitle: Origins, evolution and variation
Written By: Daniel Schreier
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=VEAW%20G37
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World G37
Description:

This volume provides the first-ever sociolinguistic analysis of English on
the island of St Helena, the oldest variety of English in the Southern
Hemisphere. It is based on a concise synchronic profile of the variety
(describing its segmental phonology and morphosyntax) and an evaluation of
diachronic material in the form of letters, court cases, ghost stories,
etc. The analysis is embedded into a theoretical framework of contact
linguistics (contact dialectology and pidgin/creole linguistics) and builds
upon the social and sociodemographic development of the community. The aims
of this book are to trace the origins and evolution of the variety, to
pinpoint the forms of English it affiliates with today and the inputs it
derived from historically and to investigate whether local contact
scenarios have led to the formation of regionally distinctive varieties
across the island. Insights from St Helenian English thus challenge us to
rethink principles of classification that are applied to determine the
status of post-colonial varieties of English.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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ISBN: 9027248974
ISBN-13: 9789027248978
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ISBN:
ISBN-13: 9789027290137
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