English in Language Shift: The History, Structure and Sociolinguistics of South African Indian English by Rajend MesthrieEnglish in Language Shift: The History, Structure and Sociolinguistics of South African Indian English by Rajend Mesthrie

English in Language Shift: The History, Structure and Sociolinguistics of South African Indian…

byRajend Mesthrie

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Rajend Mesthrie examines the rise of a new variety of English among Indian migrant workers indentured on the plantations of Natal in South Africa. Considering the historical background to, and linguistic consequences of, language shift in an immigrant context, he draws significant parallels between second language acquisition and the processes of pidginization and creolization. South African Indian English is compared with other dialects in South Africa, with English in India, and with Englishes generally.
Title:English in Language Shift: The History, Structure and Sociolinguistics of South African Indian…Format:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:June 1, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Historical background: the shaping of a New English; 2. Variation in SAIE: a first glimpse; 3. Syntactic variation: the relative clause; 4. Word-order principles; 5. Non-syntactic variation; 6. Perspectives from second-language acquisition; 7. Perspectives from pidgin and creole studies; Appendices; Notes; Sources and references; Index.

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"This book is of great relevance to the study of language development in a wide sense...and it makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of sociohistorical, psycholinguistic, and linguistic processes of language shift involved in the emrgence of new languages and dialects....It can be recommended also to linguists interested in such varied fields as quantitative variation of the Labovian kind and Chomsky's generative linguistics, as well as second language studies, since in this book all these areas are approached in a non-partisan and mostly jargon-free fasion..." Eduardo D. Faingold, Word