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Indo-Fijian English. Linguistic diaspora or endonormative stabilization?


Zipp, Lena (2014). Indo-Fijian English. Linguistic diaspora or endonormative stabilization? In: Hundt, Marianne; Sharma, Devyani. English in the Indian Diaspora. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 187-213.

Abstract

This paper first traces the history and sociolinguistic situation of Fiji's well-established and influential Indian diaspora. It then weighs support for the development of endocentric norms in the national second language variety of English, Fiji English, against diasporic influence by combining linguistic evidence from previous studies with data from an attitude survey conducted among Fiji students in the country's capital. The data analysis probes the status of Fiji English as a national variety by evaluating statements of language attitudes and reported usage based on a keyword analysis of responses to direct, open-ended survey questions. The results support the claim of progressing endonormative stabilization whereas indications for diasporic links to India in the use of English remain weak.

Abstract

This paper first traces the history and sociolinguistic situation of Fiji's well-established and influential Indian diaspora. It then weighs support for the development of endocentric norms in the national second language variety of English, Fiji English, against diasporic influence by combining linguistic evidence from previous studies with data from an attitude survey conducted among Fiji students in the country's capital. The data analysis probes the status of Fiji English as a national variety by evaluating statements of language attitudes and reported usage based on a keyword analysis of responses to direct, open-ended survey questions. The results support the claim of progressing endonormative stabilization whereas indications for diasporic links to India in the use of English remain weak.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:07 Feb 2017 14:47
Last Modified:01 Jun 2017 03:40
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN:978-9-0272-4910-4
Related URLs:http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod010261568 (Library Catalogue)

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