Language Variation on Jamaican Radio

ORCID logoMichael Westphal | University of Münster
ISBN 9789027249203 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027264732 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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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
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“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!”
“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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CFB: Sociolinguistics

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LAN009050: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
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