Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
"This book should be of great interest to students and researchers… [it]
offers inspiring discussions on issues of linguistic identity and language
attitude in the speech community… this book is beautifully written,
well-structured, and extremely accessible. It is an exemplary work for
students interested in pursuing corpus-based language studies and a
valuable resource for researchers interested in studying BSAE and XE as
-The Linguist List
"Here DeKlerk confronts us with an issue that goes beyond the concerns of
corpus linguistics and the description of World Englishes as such… Corpus
Linguistics is an intriguing and challenging book in many ways."
-International Journal of Corpus Linguistics
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.