By Anna Rosen

Positioned on the crossroads of dialectology, sociolinguistics and speak to linguistics, this quantity presents a primary complete description of the morphosyntactic stock of the diversity of English spoken on Jersey, the biggest of the Channel Islands. in line with a in particular compiled corpus of spoken fabric containing either present-day sociolinguistic and archive facts, it thereby unearths an complicated community of edition and alter during this language-shift kind. The research adopts a cross-varietal procedure for its analyses, which permits a primary extra systematic comparability among the Englishes spoken on Jersey, on its sister island Guernsey and past. additionally, it discusses the results of id features for language use in Jersey. The e-book will as a result be of significant curiosity to any researcher or pupil operating within the parts of language edition and alter, language touch or dialectology and to these attracted to sociolinguistic technique and the relationships among language and identification.

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Tuten 2007: 185–186). The Channel Islands have experienced a long and constant influx of immigration from all parts of the British Isles and beyond. The island-born population, however, has remained relatively stable over time. Koineization, therefore, does not seem to explain the present situation in the Channel Islands. 21 22 Grammatical Variation and Change in Jersey English share the standard variety with the receiving region, but also speak their own regional dialect – and this partly resembles the immigration situation in the Channel Islands today – standardization and levelling processes can be a direct consequence (cf.

Jones 2001: 182). St. Mary St. John St. Quen Trinity St. Martin St. Lawrence St. Peter St. Helier St. Saviour Grouville St. Brelade St. Clement St. 1 The parishes of Jersey On the other hand, the political and economic situation in France at the time also induced French people to settle in the Channel Islands, especially in Jersey. After the French Revolution and again after 1848, over 6,000 French refugees, Victor Hugo among them, arrived (cf. Syvret & Stevens 1998: 211, 250). A large number of French people, essentially from Normandy and Brittany, also came over every year as seasonal workers, for example as potato diggers, and some stayed permanently.

As a rule, language users can draw on different linguistic forms from their sociolinguistic repertoire depending on the situational context, their individual preferences and their wishes to mark their sense of individual or social identity (cf. Llamas & Watt 2010: 2, see also Coulmas 2005: 8–11). When referring to speakers’ choices in this study, it is usually implied that these are choices between different variants of a morphosyntactic variable. Such variants can be more or less formal, more or less standard, distinctly local or rather widespread features of colloquial English.

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