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Dr. Bebwa Isingoma
Anglistische Linguistik
Gulu University

The Sociolinguistic profile of English at grassroots level in Uganda: A comparison of Northern and Western Uganda
Wann 05.11.2018
von 11:15 bis 12:30
Wo FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminarraum
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The Sociolinguistic profile of English at grassroots level in Uganda: A comparison of Northern and Western Uganda

The study delineates two categories of speakers: market vendors and bodaboda riders1, who may volitionally, or sometimes despite themselves, have to speak English, given the nature of their trade, which requires them to interact with customers who may not speak their L1 or an indigenous language of wider communication in their region. Using participant observations and interviews, the study details the quotidian linguistic behavior of the respondents, their attitudes towards the use of English, as well as the level of their verbal repertoires. The results point to differential tendencies, with Northern Uganda recording more inclination to the use of English than Western Uganda, as well as displyaing richer verbal repertoires and more positive attitudes towards the use of English.

 

References

Meierkord, Christiane. (ms, forthcoming). The global growth of English at grassroots. Ruhr- University Bochum.

 

Meierkord, Christiane, Isingoma, Bebwa & Namyalo, Saudah (eds.) (2016). Ugandan English: Its Sociolinguistics, Structure and Uses in a Globalizing Post-protectorate [Varieties of English Around the World 59], John Benjamins: Amsterdam.

 

Schneider, Edgar (2016). Grassroots Englishes in tourism interactions: How many speakers acquire 'grassroots English' in direct interactions, and what this may mean to them, and perhaps to linguists. English Today 32(3): 2-10.