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

By Lars Hinrichs

In response to a corpus of personal e-mail from Jamaican college scholars, this research explores the discourse capabilities of Jamaican Creole in computer-mediated communique. From this participant-centered point of view, it contributes to the longstanding theoretical debates in creole stories concerning the creole continuum. The publication will likewise be important to scholars of computer-mediated conversation, the use and improvement of non-standardized languages, language ecology, and codeswitching.

The principal methodological factor during this learn is codeswitching in written language, a ignored sector of research in the interim in view that such a lot literature in codeswitching study is predicated on spoken information. the 3 analytical chapters current the information in a serious dialogue of validated and more moderen theoretical techniques to codeswitching.

Fields that would take advantage of this ebook comprise interactional sociolinguistics, creole reviews, English as an international language, computer-mediated discourse research, and linguistic anthropology.

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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. The appendix to this book contains the complete primary corpus. 1 The primary corpus For the European researcher, collecting a corpus of private e-mail in the Caribbean is a task with several problems attached. For one, I was unable to use e-mail written to me by Jamaicans.

Absolutely no orthographic normalizations were applied either to the corpus, nor will they be applied to excerpts appearing in the text of this study. In quotes from the corpus I will add notes where orthographic errors obscure meaning. Punctuation was adjusted to common typographic conventions only where errors in the original changed the automatic word count that would have been produced using conventional punctuation. Thus, errors like him)and him,and him , and him … and him ) and were normalized to him) and him, and him, and him… and him) and in order to ensure a correct word count.

However, for any speaker, the more formal social situations would be likely to produce the use of varieties more approximating English, and for informal situations, those more approximating creole. What I suggest is that this is simply a manifestation of the kind of linguistic convergence which Ferguson (1959: 332) notes to occur in diglossic situations. This convergence produces varieties intermediate between H and L, the H here being English and the L being creole. (Devonish 2003: 159) Figure 5.

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