LINGUIST List 25.3535

Mon Sep 08 2014

Books: English in the Indian Diaspora: Hundt, Sharma (eds.)

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Date: 05-Sep-2014
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: English in the Indian Diaspora: Hundt, Sharma (eds.)
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Title: English in the Indian Diaspora
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World G50
Published: 2014
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/veaw.g50

Editor: Marianne Hundt
Editor: Devyani Sharma
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269515 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269515 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269515 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027249104 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027249104 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027249104 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

Diasporic populations offer unique opportunities for the study of language variation and change. This volume is the first collection of sociolinguistic studies of English use across the historically complex and widely dispersed Indian diaspora. The contributions describe particular sociohistorical contexts (the UK, Fiji, South Africa, Singapore, and the Caribbean) and then use this rich empirical base to examine diverse questions in theory and method, such as the extent to which different settings see different or similar linguistic outcomes; the role of community structures, transnational ties, attitudes, and identity; reasons for differing rates of change, adaptation, and focussing; and the relevance of endonormative stabilization of Asian Englishes. These themes do not simply further our understandings of diaspora. They can ultimately feed into wider theoretical questions in language contact studies, including universals, selection and adaptation of traits, and interactions between social contact, identity, and language change.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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