The English Language and the Construction of Cultural and Social Identity in Zimbabwean and Trinbagonian Literatures (Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics #40) (Hardcover)

The English Language and the Construction of Cultural and Social Identity in Zimbabwean and Trinbagonian Literatures (Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics #40) By Irmengard Rauch (Editor), Edmund O. Bamiro Cover Image
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This is book number 40 in the Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics series.

Description


This study is unique in that it blends insights from post-colonial literary theory, sociolinguistics, and the social psychology of language use to compare the nature, function, and meaning of English in the delineation of cultural and social identities in anglophone Zimbabwean and Trinbagonian literatures. These identities are communicated through certain nativization strategies and the power and politics of English. The study emphasizes that the variations in the linguistic practices of Zimbabwean and Trinbagonian (and, indeed, other post-colonial) writers cumulatively establish different meanings (identities/subjectivities) from those of the users of the hegemonic or putative standard English linguistic code.

About the Author


The Author: Edmund Olushina Bamiro is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan. He holds Ph.D. degrees in both linguistics and literature. He has published extensively on research at the interface of linguistics and literature and African and Caribbean varieties of English.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780820444956
ISBN-10: 0820444952
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: March 15th, 2000
Pages: 264
Language: English
Series: Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics