TRANSLOCALITY IN THE ANGLOPHONE CARIBBEAN: REGIONAL, GLOBAL AND TRANSNATIONAL ASPECTS IN STANDARDS OF ENGLISH
The present project, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), investigates standards of English in the anglophone Caribbean. To the extent that these have been considered at all in English linguistics, research has concentrated on the national level, which corresponds to the focus of research on standard varieties of English in general. However, in view of growing connections beyond the national level this approach is too limited, especially when dealing with relatively small states as are characteristic of the anglophone Caribbean. The present project does take the national level as a basis, also including small states that previous research on standard varieties of English in the Caribbean has completely ignored, but at the same time it investigates regional and global tendencies as well as the influence on standard language use of speakers and writers with transnational biographies. Thus it takes into account different scales of space, utilising the concept of translocality, which has so far been given little consideration in linguistics. The empirical research deals with written as well as spoken English and covers media (newspapers, news broadcasts) and education (specifically secondary education). In these domains both language use and language attitudes are analysed, using a combination of corpuslinguistic and sociolinguistic methods.