Ugandan English

Its sociolinguistics, structure and uses in a globalising post-protectorate

Editors
| Ruhr-University of Bochum
| Gulu University
| Makerere University
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Ugandan English is a variety that has scarcely been noticed in past research. This timely volume brings together African and European scholars in a first-ever collection of articles that offer comprehensive discussions of the historical and present-day sociolinguistics of English in Uganda and fine-grained analyses of the structural characteristics of and attitudes to this hitherto largely unknown variety. Using rich archive, corpus, and interview data as well as ethnographic and observational methods, the various contributions paint a comprehensive picture of Ugandan English as distinct from other East African Englishes and as characterized by nativisation despite a still strong exonormative orientation, reflecting the modern nation’s status as a post-protectorate under the influence of globalisation. Apart from advancing our understanding of Ugandan English itself, the individual chapters contribute to theoretical debates on language contact and variation as regards the influence of substrate languages, founder populations, language ideologies and socio-economic factors.
[Varieties of English Around the World, G59]  2016.  vi, 280 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Ugandan English - challenges to, and food for, current theories
Bebwa Isingoma and Christiane Meierkord
1–16
Part I - The context
Towards assessing the space of English in Uganda’s linguistic ecology: Facts and issues
Saudah Namyalo, Bebwa Isingoma and Christiane Meierkord
19–50
A social history of English(es) in Uganda
Christiane Meierkord
51–72
Part II - Functions of English in multilingual Uganda today
The sociolinguistic situation of English in Uganda: A case of language attitudes and beliefs
Judith Nakayiza
75–94
Tensions between English medium and mother tongue education in rural Ugandan primary schools: An ethnographic investigation
Medadi Ssentanda
95–118
Part III - Features of Ugandan English
Diphthongs in Ugandan English: Evidence for and against variety status and Interactions across Englishes
Christiane Meierkord
121–148
Lexical borrowings and calques in Ugandan English
Bebwa Isingoma
149–172
The use of the progressive in Ugandan English
Jude Ssempuuma, Bebwa Isingoma and Christiane Meierkord
173–200
The use of ditransitive constructions in Ugandan English
Bebwa Isingoma
201–226
Speech acts in Ugandan English social letters: Investigating the influence of sociocultural context
Christiane Meierkord
227–248
Part IV - Ugandan English and beyond
Indian English in Uganda: The historical sociolinguistics of a migrant community
Claudia Rathore-Nigsch and Daniel Schreier
251–274
Index
275–280
“On a completely different note, as a speaker of an indigenised variety of English myself, this volume offers a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel in relation to their standardisation and acceptance in international academic and scholarly circles. By not editing out (using the almighty native speaker standards) some of the acrolectal UgE stylistic features of some of the contributions in this volume, the editors have given a "voice to UgE not only through describing it, but also by using it" (p. 12). This is highly commendable and moves the World Englishes paradigm miles ahead.”
“The volume by Meierkord, Isingoma and Namyalo is an essential publication and an important step in the sociolinguistic analysis of East African varieties of English. It brings together a number of dedicated researchers who, on the basis of empirical evidence, approach UgE from various quantitative and qualitative perspectives. While not eliding the usual limitations that any first attempt at mapping a variety of English in just a single volume naturally faces, the publication's many accomplishments enable multiple future strands of research on UgE, placing a variety of English on the map of World Englishes that has not seen any representation as comprehensive as this before.”
“The volume by Meierkord, Isingoma and Namyalo is an essential publication and an important step in the sociolinguistic analysis of East African varieties of English. It brings together a number of dedicated researchers who, on the basis of empirical evidence, approach UgE from various quantitative and qualitative perspectives. While not eliding the usual limitations that any first attempt at mapping a variety of English in just a single volume naturally faces, the publication's many accomplishments enable multiple future strands of research on UgE, placing a variety of English on the map of World Englishes that has not seen any representation as comprehensive as this before.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF/2AB – Linguistics/English
BISAC Subject: LAN009050 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
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