TRANSLOCALITY IN THE ANGLOPHONE CARIBBEAN II: SOCIOPHONETIC VARIATION AND PERCEPTION
While research on standard varieties of English has traditionally concentrated on the national level, in recent years, the focus has been increasingly also on transnational phenomena of English in today’s times of globalisation. However, those levels that are located in between the nation state and the global level are still rarely considered. Using the concept of translocality, the second phase of this project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation - DE 2324/1-2; PI: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Deuber) is devoted to standards of English in the anglophone Caribbean on all of these spatial levels: It analyses language use in the context of educational institutions in three Eastern Caribbean states (Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada and Dominica) with regard to national and regional standardisation processes as well as global influences such as from American English. However, it also considers subregional (subregions inside the anglophone Caribbean) and subnational (town vs. country) aspects as well as the interaction of factors related to the different spatial levels.