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Complex patterns of variety perception in the Eastern Caribbean


Perez, Danae Maria; Schmalz, Mirjam (2021). Complex patterns of variety perception in the Eastern Caribbean. In: Perez, Danae Maria; Sippola, Eeva. Postcolonial Language Varieties in the Americas. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 269-290.

Abstract

This chapter presents the sociolinguistic situation in St. Kitts, an island in the Lesser Antilles of the Eastern Caribbean. St. Kitts is officially English- speaking, yet most of the population speaks a creole variety thereof in their everyday conversation. In this chapter, we first outline the history of the island and the current situation of language use in St. Kitts, as well as the typological differences between St. Kitts English and St. Kitts Creole. We then present a study of language attitudes among Kittitians toward their own as well as other Caribbean varieties and also the more metropolitan varieties of English, above all British and American English. The results show that even though Kittitians do appreciate their own variety of English, the metropolitan ones still carry the highest prestige.

Abstract

This chapter presents the sociolinguistic situation in St. Kitts, an island in the Lesser Antilles of the Eastern Caribbean. St. Kitts is officially English- speaking, yet most of the population speaks a creole variety thereof in their everyday conversation. In this chapter, we first outline the history of the island and the current situation of language use in St. Kitts, as well as the typological differences between St. Kitts English and St. Kitts Creole. We then present a study of language attitudes among Kittitians toward their own as well as other Caribbean varieties and also the more metropolitan varieties of English, above all British and American English. The results show that even though Kittitians do appreciate their own variety of English, the metropolitan ones still carry the highest prestige.

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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
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > General Arts and Humanities
Social Sciences & Humanities > General Social Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords:St. Kitts and Nevis, Lesser Antilles, Caribbean English, language attitudes, English-based creoles
Language:English
Date:8 June 2021
Deposited On:04 Feb 2022 16:26
Last Modified:17 Jun 2024 03:46
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISBN:9783110723908
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110723977-009
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English