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English in the Caribbean
Variation, Style and Standards in Jamaica and Trinidad

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  • Author: Dagmar Deuber, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107027473

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  • This book presents an in-depth study of English as spoken in two major anglophone Caribbean territories, Jamaica and Trinidad. Based on data from the International Corpus of English, it focuses on variation at the morphological and syntactic level between the educated standard and more informal educated spoken usage. Dagmar Deuber combines quantitative analyses across several text categories with qualitative analyses of transcribed text passages that are grounded in interactional sociolinguistics and recent approaches to linguistic style and identity. The discussion is situated in the context of variation in the Caribbean and the wider context of world Englishes, and the sociolinguistic background of Jamaica and Trinidad is also explored. This volume will be of interest to students and researchers interested in the fields of sociolinguistics, world Englishes, and language contact.

    • Provides a detailed and comparative analysis of English as spoken in two major anglophone Caribbean territories
    • Offers comparisons with other varieties of English world-wide and places findings in the broader context of world Englishes
    • Provides information on the sociolinguistic background of Jamaica and Trinidad and explores language use in social interaction
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    Advance Praise: "Corpus linguistics meets sociolinguistics meets creole studies: this thorough study offers fresh perspectives on the intricacies and interdependencies of standards, styles, variability and the creole continuum in Jamaica and Trinidad." --Edgar W. Schneider, University of Regensburg

    "This book is a ground breaking contribution to our understanding of the complex relationships between style, linguistic variation, and emergent standards in the more formal spoken English of Jamaica and Trinidad.’ --Donald Winford, Professor, Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107027473
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 1 map 32 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The background and context of English in Jamaica and Trinidad
    3. The sociolinguistics of style and the Creole continuum
    4. Data and methodology
    5. Style in Jamaican English: analysis of conversations
    6. Style and standard in Trinidadian English: analysis of four text categories
    7. The modal verbs can/could and will/would in Caribbean and other varieties of English
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Dagmar Deuber, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
    Dagmar Deuber is Professor in the Department of English at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, where she holds the Chair of Variation Linguistics. She has also taught and conducted research at the University of the West Indies in St Augustine, Trinidad.

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