Acts of Identity: Creole-Based Approaches to Language and Ethnicity

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With every speech act all individuals perform, to a greater or less extent, an 'act of identity', revealing through their personal use of language their sense of social and ethnic solidarity or difference. At the same time people also have powerful (if unconscious) stereotypes about the norms and standards of their own language and those of others - often at variance with observable behaviour. The view of language use proposed here derives from the authors' extensive fieldwork in the Creole-speaking Caribbean and among West Indian communities in London, and is forcefully illustrated by the data they present, which include recorded conversations and stories. The authors re-examine such concepts as 'a language', 'correct usage', 'race' and 'ethnic groups' and clearly reveal the complex role of language in establishing relationships within regional and social communities and at the state or national level.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Data and questions to be answered
13
Voyages of exploration and processes of colonization
23
Disputed settlements and their outcome
35
More recent aspects of political and cultural development
67
Sample West Indian texts
78
The grammar questionnaire for Jamaica St Vincent
83
A short Anansi story from St Vincent
90
Some further problems of variable quantification
148
languages
158
Linear continuum or multidimensional model?
180
The question of linguistic description
186
The universality of contact phenomena of diffusion
200
The place of ethnicity in acts of identity 207 6 The place of ethnicity in acts of identity
207
The role of language in relation to concepts of ethnicity
234
Bibliography
250

The Guyanese text
96
Three stories from Cayo District Belize
102
The sociolinguistic surveys in the West Indies
113

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