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Creole and Dialect Continua: Standard Acquisition Processes by Geneviève Escure

By Geneviève Escure

This paintings examines the unguided acquisition of a typical language by means of audio system of nonstandard types in targeted linguistic and geographical occasions: in a Caribbean creole state of affairs (Belize); and in a non-creole scenario (PRC) in China. In either instances, psychosocial elements, linguistic bias towards non-native renderings of the traditional types, the social prestige in their audio system, and similar political and academic effects play a major position within the improvement of moment dialects. the last word aim underlying the comparability of particular discourse variables in Belizean and chinese language average acquisition is to guage the relative advantages of substratal, superstratal, and common causes in language improvement.

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Vincent, then Honduras, Spanish and Indian refugees from Mexico, Mennonites fleeing religious persecution, and more recently Salvadorans and Guatemalans fleeing political oppression. The contemporary pop­ ulation includes four major groups: Amerindians, Creoles, Mestizos, and Black Caribs (Garifuna), and other smaller groups. 2: Ethnic groups, population, and languages of Belize in 1980 ETHNIC GROUP Creoles Mestizos Garifuna Maya Kekchi Whites East Indians Chinese Other: Lebanese Mennonites Salvadorans % SECOND LG.

Although I don't know of any study testing in detail the hypothesis of the nonuniformity of L2 learning, all adult speakers of a second language experience the unreliability of L2 perfor­ mance which varies in terms of multiple factors in the context of interaction. Chapter 2 The Belizean Speech Community and the Use of English Abstract This chapter provides general demographic and socioeconomic information on the Belizean community, with special focus on Belize's ethnic and linguistic pluralism.

Literacy and edu­ cation are high priorities but educated Belizeans are offered few opportunities at home. Thus, many of them have emigrated to the United States which has a higher Belizean population than Belize itself. Thc young average age of the population confirms the continuing scope of emigration patterns. According to the 1991 population census, 75% of the population is under twenty-one, about the same as in 1980. Belize, which originated in a lively brew of cultures, lan­ guages, and dialects is still developing in multiple dynamic directions.

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