Children in language shift: The syntax of fifth-generation, pre-school Indian South African English speakers

 

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dc.contributor.author Mesthrie, Rajend
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-27T11:51:57Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-27T11:51:57Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/16073610309486335
dc.identifier 10.2989/16073610309486335
dc.identifier.citation Mesthrie, R. (2003). Children in language shift-the syntax of fifth generation, pre-school, Indian South African English speakers. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 21(3), 119-126.
dc.identifier.issn 1607-3614
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20885
dc.identifier.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2989/16073610309486335
dc.description.abstract Language shift, the process by which a second language ousts a community's first language as the everyday vernacular, almost inevitably throws up a vast array of morpho-syntactic and phonetic variety in the new vernacular. This paper seeks to ascertain what choices the first post-shift generation of child learners makes from such an array of competing forms. Data from longitudinal studies undertaken in the early to mid-1990s is presented from Indian South African English, focussing on fifth generation, monolingual, pre-school children in a natural (i.e. non-classroom) setting. The paper shows that while these children do make a selection of the morpho-syntactic variants in the elder's speech, there is no syntactic innovation. On the other hand, a surprisingly large number of former second-language features persist in post-shift speech, probably enhanced by the peculiarities of apartheid society, during which these children acquired their vernacular.
dc.source South African Journal of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
dc.source.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rall20#
dc.title Children in language shift: The syntax of fifth-generation, pre-school Indian South African English speakers
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2015-12-22T12:49:44Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of English Language and Literature en_ZA
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