Ethnicity and Language Change: English in (London)Derry, by Kevin McCafferty

By Kevin McCafferty

Half sociolinguistic, half ethnographic, this publication takes up the ignored query of the way ethnic department interacts with version and alter in Northern Irish English. It identifies an idealised people version of harmonious
communities, inspite of the social divide and open clash that experience lengthy affected the quarter; this version impacts way of life and sociolinguistic stories alike. A examining of sociolinguistic stories from the sector reveals
ethnolinguistic differentiation. Qualitative research of fabric from (London)Derry indicates humans usually stressing tolerance of their neighborhood, whereas debts in their actions comprise proof of ethnic department and strife. Quantitative research charts six alterations in (London)Derry English. version correlates to various levels with age, ethnicity, category, intercourse and social community. The ethnic size, whereas no longer an important parameter in all circumstances, performs a job relating to the entire adjustments tested.

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O. 4 The network approach was developed for the Belfast Sociolinguistic projects (J. and L. Milroy 1977; J. Milroy et al. 1982). The aim of these surveys was to study the maintenance of the vernacular, rather than the spread of change, but the corollary of the finding that those who are most closely integrated into local networks will tend to retain local speech forms to a greater extent is that people whose networks are less dense and multiplex will be the carriers of 28 ETHNICITY AND LANGUAGE CHANGE linguistic change (J.

Passages on tape containing such information are treated confidentially for several reasons. First, it would not be wise, from informants’ point of view, to use material that could by-pass precautions taken to conceal their identities. Second, it would be unwise to provide anyone who might read this study — whether they be members of political or paramilitary organisations, the security forces, or just plain ordinary decent bigots (of whom there are many in Northern Ireland) — with the means of tracing back to source opinions or information to which they might take exception, or which might give them reason to inflict sanctions on the originator.

Roles and topics in the interviews The role I tried to adopt in interviews was that of an interested listener, but one prepared to put probing questions and make comments on what informants said. Having visited the centres and clubs in advance, I had some common basis on which to build. I usually knew something of informants’ interests, what activities they took part in, etc.. Consequently, I could start by questioning them about their general background, if that was not entirely clear to me, and then adopt the ‘follower’ strategy, showing interest in what they said, so as to let them take the lead in the conversation, as far as this was practicable.

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