Creole Discourse: Exploring Prestige Formation and Change by Susanne Mühleisen

By Susanne Mühleisen

Creole languages are regularly linked to a adverse picture. How has this status been shaped? And is it as static because the diglossic state of affairs in lots of anglo-creolophone societies turns out to indicate? This quantity examines socio-historical and epistemological elements within the status formation of Caribbean English-Lexicon Creoles and matters their category as a (socio)linguistic kind to scrutiny and important debate. In its research of wealthy empirical facts this learn additionally demonstrates that the makes use of, services and negotiations of Creole inside of specific social and linguistic practices have shifted significantly. instead of restricting its scope to at least one "national" speech neighborhood, the dialogue focusses on adjustments of the social which means of Creole in a variety of discursive fields, corresponding to inter generational adjustments of Creole use within the London Diaspora, diachronic alterations of Creole illustration in written texts, and diachronic adjustments of Creole illustration in translation. The learn employs a discourse analytical process drawing on linguistic versions in addition to Foucauldian thought.

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1 emphasizes the importance of translation as cultural representation. The role of translation in colonialism has been foregrounded in studies such as Greenblatt (1991). g. 16 (18) Introduction important role in addressing and, potentially, redressing power relationships in postcolonial texts. Non-standard varieties have always been problematic for translators, as the specific connotations of such codes cannot be easily transferred to the target language. 1 argues for a functional model of translation, which considers the evocation of the code in each situation anew, rather than looking for “equivalence” in translation.

Prestige change via language planning and language politics is well researched. Studies on language prestige changes focus mostly on these instances and indicators of change, for instance, whether or not a language has been granted official national or regional status, whether or not it has become the language of education, etc. (cf. also Fishman et al. 1996). ad 2: The second form of change is gradual or natural change of language prestige, which, as it will be argued here, is induced by change of language functions.

Agreement on the definition of the group of languages called pidgins and creoles. Linguists all agree that there is such a group, that it includes many languages and large numbers of speakers, [. . ]” (1977: 3). g. a pidgin is an auxiliary trade language. g. a pidgin may be spontaneously generated; a creole is a language that has evolved from a pidgin. Some definitions include formal characteristics: restricted vocabulary; absence of gender, true tenses, inflectional morphology, or relative clauses, etc.

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