TRANSLOCALITY IN THE ANGLOPHONE CARIBBEAN: REGIONAL, GLOBAL AND TRANSNATIONAL ASPECTS IN STANDARDS OF ENGLISH
The project, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation - DE 2324/1-1; PI: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Deuber), has investigated standards of English in the anglophone Caribbean. To the extent that these had been considered at all in English linguistics, previous research had 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 has taken the national level as a basis, also including small states that previous research on standard varieties of English in the Caribbean had completely ignored, but at the same time it has investigated regional and global tendencies as well as the influence on standard language use of speakers and writers with transnational biographies. Thus, it has taken into account different scales of space, utilising the concept of translocality, which had so far been given little consideration in linguistics. The empirical research has dealt with written as well as spoken English and has covered media (newspapers, news broadcasts) and education (specifically secondary education). In these domains both language use and language attitudes have been analysed, using a combination of corpus linguistic and sociolinguistic methods.