Codeswitching on the Web: English and Jamaican Creole in by Lars Hinrichs

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By Lars Hinrichs

In keeping with a corpus of non-public e-mail from Jamaican collage scholars, this learn explores the discourse capabilities of Jamaican Creole in computer-mediated conversation. From this participant-centered viewpoint, it contributes to the longstanding theoretical debates in creole reports in regards to the creole continuum. The publication will likewise be important to scholars of computer-mediated communique, the use and improvement of non-standardized languages, language ecology, and codeswitching.

The important methodological factor during this research is codeswitching in written language, a missed zone of analysis in the meanwhile seeing that such a lot literature in codeswitching study relies on spoken info. the 3 analytical chapters current the knowledge in a serious dialogue of validated and newer theoretical ways to codeswitching.

Fields that may make the most of this ebook comprise interactional sociolinguistics, creole reports, English as an international language, computer-mediated discourse research, and linguistic anthropology.

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DeCamp 1971: 350) Sand observes in a similar argument: Native speaker perception may be important to explain social pressure and motivation for linguistic accommodation, but it cannot serve as an argument against the notion of the creole continuum. (Sand 1999: 56) 35 36 Codeswitching on the Web As the data analysis will show, however, native speaker perception is central to how Jamaican writers make use of their code inventory in CMC. Most Jamaicans see a clear division between ‘English’ and ‘non-English,’ which they may refer to by any one of a number of different terms, including Patois, broken/bad/corrupt English, dialect, etc.

In a similarly close correlation between the use of Jamaican language material and being away from home, informant 026 begins his first message home from a work-stay of several weeks in Florida with a tongue-in-cheek use of Rastafarian rhetoric: (1) Well here I am in Babylon and LAAAWD I ready to get back home. I started workin couple days ago with this business place in the area, its nothin much, but I get paid. […] m# 026–13 Rastafarians see themselves as children of Israel who live in Babylon against their will.

2002). 38 However, a size that would allow claims to statistic representativeness was not the objective in data collection. The 21 22 Codeswitching on the Web research questions of this study are qualitative and address issues of dynamic and creative, new forms of language use. Thus, a representative corpus, if such a thing exists,39 was not needed. 41 Figure 4. Customers at an internet café in Montego Bay, Jamaica Where additional qualitative evidence is needed to illustrate low-frequency phenomena, I will cite material from websites and blogs separately; these are not included in COJEC.

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