Changing sociolinguistic identities of young, middle-class 'Coloured' people in post-apartheid Cape Town

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Mesthrie, Rajend en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Dennis, Tracey Lynn en_ZA
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dc.date.issued 2008 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Dennis, T. 2008. Changing sociolinguistic identities of young, middle-class 'Coloured' people in post-apartheid Cape Town. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19024
dc.description.abstract This study set out to examine the sociolinguistics of social change amongst a group of young, middle-class coloured people who were educated in a predominantly white school environment. The demise of the apartheid system in the early 1990s led to a situation in which racial mixing in government-run schools was permitted for the first time. I conducted sociolinguistic interviews with 20 self-identified 'coloured' Cape Town residents, who attended schools that were formerly open only to white children. I analysed the data on two levels. Firstly, an analysis of accent, focusing on three salient phonetic markers of South African English, namely the GOOSE, BATH and PRICE lexical sets (Wells 1982). Acoustic analysis of these vowels was done using a computer software programme, Praat, to record a total of 4410 tokens for the 20 speakers. The second level of analysis investigated how the informants constructed social identities in those unprecedented educational circumstances. I used three theories of identity to do this: Speech Accommodation Theory (Giles 1973), Social Identity Theory (Taj fel 1972) and the Linguistic Market (Bourdieu and Boltanski 1975). Comparing the results of the phonetic and sociological analyses, I found that the two levels of analysis supported the same conclusion: the young coloured people in the sample subscribe to a coloured social identity, but have clear links with the white community. This suggests that they occupy an intermediate space between the two race groups, which is not surprising given the significant contact they had with members of both communities. There is some evidence of a separation between the coloured community and the typical 'coloured' accent, however, suggesting that one does not need to sound 'typically coloured' in order to be part of the coloured community. It is likely that we are witnessing the formation of an upper middle-class within the coloured middle-class community. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Linguistics en_ZA
dc.title Changing sociolinguistic identities of young, middle-class 'Coloured' people in post-apartheid Cape Town en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Linguistics en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Dennis, T. L. (2008). <i>Changing sociolinguistic identities of young, middle-class 'Coloured' people in post-apartheid Cape Town</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Linguistics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19024 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Dennis, Tracey Lynn. <i>"Changing sociolinguistic identities of young, middle-class 'Coloured' people in post-apartheid Cape Town."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Linguistics, 2008. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19024 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Dennis TL. Changing sociolinguistic identities of young, middle-class 'Coloured' people in post-apartheid Cape Town. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Linguistics, 2008 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19024 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Dennis, Tracey Lynn AB - This study set out to examine the sociolinguistics of social change amongst a group of young, middle-class coloured people who were educated in a predominantly white school environment. The demise of the apartheid system in the early 1990s led to a situation in which racial mixing in government-run schools was permitted for the first time. I conducted sociolinguistic interviews with 20 self-identified 'coloured' Cape Town residents, who attended schools that were formerly open only to white children. I analysed the data on two levels. Firstly, an analysis of accent, focusing on three salient phonetic markers of South African English, namely the GOOSE, BATH and PRICE lexical sets (Wells 1982). Acoustic analysis of these vowels was done using a computer software programme, Praat, to record a total of 4410 tokens for the 20 speakers. The second level of analysis investigated how the informants constructed social identities in those unprecedented educational circumstances. I used three theories of identity to do this: Speech Accommodation Theory (Giles 1973), Social Identity Theory (Taj fel 1972) and the Linguistic Market (Bourdieu and Boltanski 1975). Comparing the results of the phonetic and sociological analyses, I found that the two levels of analysis supported the same conclusion: the young coloured people in the sample subscribe to a coloured social identity, but have clear links with the white community. This suggests that they occupy an intermediate space between the two race groups, which is not surprising given the significant contact they had with members of both communities. There is some evidence of a separation between the coloured community and the typical 'coloured' accent, however, suggesting that one does not need to sound 'typically coloured' in order to be part of the coloured community. It is likely that we are witnessing the formation of an upper middle-class within the coloured middle-class community. DA - 2008 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2008 T1 - Changing sociolinguistic identities of young, middle-class 'Coloured' people in post-apartheid Cape Town TI - Changing sociolinguistic identities of young, middle-class 'Coloured' people in post-apartheid Cape Town UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19024 ER - en_ZA


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