Language Variation on Jamaican Radio
This volume presents an in-depth analysis of language variation in Jamaican radio newscasts and talk shows. It explores the interaction of global and local varieties of English with regard to newscasters’ and talk show hosts’ language use and listeners’ attitudes. The book illustrates the benefits of an integrated approach to mass media: the analysis takes into account radio talk and the perception of the audience, it is context-sensitive, paying close attention to variation within and between genres, and it combines quantitative and qualitative approaches to demonstrate the complexity of language in the media. The book contributes to our understanding of the dynamics of World Englishes in the 21st century and endonormative stabilization processes in linguistically heterogeneous postcolonial speech communities, and shows how mass media both challenge and reproduce sociolinguistic stratification. This volume will be relevant for researchers interested in the fields of sociolinguistics, language attitudes, and language in the media.
[Varieties of English Around the World, G60] 2017. xvi, 257 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
List of tables
List of figures
Chapter 1. Introduction to studying language on Jamaican radio: An integrated approach
Chapter 2. Language in the media
Chapter 3. Jamaican sociolinguistics
Chapter 4. Language attitudes
Chapter 9. Attitudes toward linguistic variation on Jamaican radio
Chapter 10. Discussion and conclusion
Appendix I. Language use data overview
Appendix II. Excerpts overview
Appendix III. Formulae
Appendix IV. Jamaican Radio Survey – rating schemes and direct questions
“As someone who grew up listening to Jamaican radio in the post-Independence period (1960s-70s), I find Michael Westphal’s book vivid, instructive, and very sound on this most protean form of mass media. It charts the decolonization of different varieties of Jamaica Talk across the dial, giving close structural detail and highlighting the social role of everyday speakers, elite commentators, and pioneering broadcasters of Patwa. Language Variation on Jamaican Radio is in the charts with a bullet!”
Peter L. Patrick, author of Urban Jamaican Creole
“In this trailblazing study, Westphal investigates talk on Jamaican radio, not only as a rich source of data on linguistic variation, but also as the object of evaluations rooted in varying language ideologies. The study is remarkable for its methodological breadth and its analytical rigour which combine to expose the multidimensional and layered nature of language attitudes in this domain.”
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