Finding one's own linguistic space: views on English, Afrikaans and identity in a semi-urban Australian context

Hatoss, Aniko and van Rensburg, Henriette and Starks, Donna (2011) Finding one's own linguistic space: views on English, Afrikaans and identity in a semi-urban Australian context. Sociolinguistic Studies, 5 (2). pp. 257-289. ISSN 1750-8649

Abstract

The use of the Afrikaans and English in South Africa is well documented in the literature, but little is known about the ideologies attached to these languages in diasporic contexts. In light of the large scale immigration of South Africans into English-speaking countries, this paper aims to explore the dynamics of identity formation of 17 Afrikaans-speaking South African families with respect to both Afrikaans and the South African English accent. Data from semi-structured interviews provide insights into how the two languages compete for space in this Australian English-speaking context. The findings point to links between home language policies, views towards the South African English accent, and identity construction. They also indicate the importance of considering the entire linguistic repertoire of communities, and the diversity of opinion within them.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2012, Equinox Publishing. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2014 02:07
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2017 01:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: english accented speech; Afrikaans; language ideology; South African diaspora; language maintenance
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1558/sols.v5i2.257
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18370

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