• Research Areas

    • Varieties of English World-Wide
    • Language Attitudes and Ideologies
    • Sociolinguistics & Sociophonetics
    • Language in Education
    • Language Standardization
  • Doctoral Thesis

    Standard English in Trinidadian Secondary Schools: Accent Variation and Attitudes

    Supervisors

    Linguistic research has only recently turned to the issue of the developing postcolonial standards of English in the anglophone Caribbean, which is characterized by diversity and complexity of linguistic norms. While the norm orientation in some domains of Standard English use has been investigated, the educational context is still underresearched, although it is a decisive context for the negotiation and inculcation of linguistic norms. The PhD project aims at contributing to the question of whether and to what degree an endonormative standard is emerging in Trinidad, the second largest island in the anglophone Caribbean in terms of population, by focusing on the school context, specifically on secondary schools. In order to draw conclusions about the norm orientation in these schools, the accents of students and teachers are analyzed and their attitudes toward accents of English are investigated. Attitudes are elicited directly and indirectly on the basis of metalinguistic interviews and a verbal-guise survey with advanced secondary students, while word lists, reading passages and classroom recordings are used for an acoustic and auditory accent analysis. Taking into account local, regional and global influences on Standard English use as well as attitudes, the proposed dissertation not only contributes to the discussion of the status of standards in Trinidad, but also bears implications for research on the emergence of standards in the wider anglophone Caribbean and on a general level, particularly for the question of whether the development of standards is generally a national - rather than a regional or transnational - phenomenon.

  • CV

    Education

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    PhD student in English Linguistics, University of Münster
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    M.Ed. English & Social Sciences, University of Münster
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    B.A. English & Political Science, University of Münster
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    Exchange Student at Hastings College, Nebraska, USA

    Positions

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    Research Assistant, Chair of English Linguistics, University of Münster
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    Student Research Assistant, Chair of Variation Linguistics, University of Münster

    Honors

    GAPS Graduate Award - Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS)

    External functions

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    International Working Group on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages (NDV-WG)
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    GAPS (Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies)
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    World Englishes in NRW (WEiN)
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    Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL)
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    International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE)
  • Teaching

  • Talks

    • Meer, Philipp (): "Standard English in Trinidadian Secondary Schools: Accent Variation and Attitudes". ISLE Summer School 2017, University of Regensburg, Germany, .
    • Meer, Philipp (): "Attitudes toward accents of Standard English in secondary schools in Trinidad". 7th Biennial Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, University of Vigo, Spain, .
    • Meer, Philipp (): "Norm orientation and the issue of endonormativity in secondary schools in Trinidad: insights from language attitudinal evidence". 5th World Conference on Pluricentric Languages and their Non-Dominant Varieties. Models of Pluricentricity: Nation, Space and Language, University of Mainz, Germany, .
    • Meer, Philipp (): "Trinidadian Secondary School Students' Attitudes toward Accents of Standard English". Dynamics-Variation-System. Interdisciplinary Conference at the Graduate School for Empirical and Applied Linguistics, University of Münster, Germany, .
    • Meer, Philipp (): "Standard English in Trinidadian Secondary Schools: Accent Variation and Attitudes". 28th Annual GAPS Conference: ‘Representing Poverty and Precarity in a Postcolonial World’, University of Bonn, Germany, .
    • Meer, Philipp; Hänsel, Eva Canan (presented by Philipp Meer) (): "Attitudes towards Standard Accents in the Education Context in the Anglophone Caribbean". 21st Biennial Conference of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics - Caribbean Languages 2 di World: Caribbean Languages in a Globalized World, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, .