THE IDIOSYNCRASY OF EAST AFRICAN ENGLISH

  • Maria Tsilimos University of New England

Abstract

World Englishes is a topic of great significance since the English language is spoken by many populations around the world as a developed language that may be secondary to a native tongue. Given the spread of English worldwide, it seems that any discriminative views against speakers of English whose grammar, syntax, or pronunciation are unique, are regarded as feeble or even void nowadays. This article will investigate the idiomorphic character of phonological, lexicon, grammar, syntactic, and pragmatic features of East African English in comparison with Standard British English. In order for this linguistic analysis to be conducted, various examples from East African resources were extracted. Not only does this analysis shed light on the multi-faceted aspects of East African English that is the result of a marriage between the ‘’native’’ nature and the standard inventory lexicon, phonology, grammar and syntax of British English, but it also stresses the importance of treasuring one’s own culture.

Keywords: language attitudes, idiomorphic features, phonology, lexicon, grammar, syntax, pragmatics, unique stylistic elements, nativisation

Author Biography

Maria Tsilimos, University of New England

Maria Tsilimos has been an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in Australia for five years. Previously, she taught Greek (Ancient and Modern), Latin and English (as a foreign language) in Greece for six years. She holds a Bachelor of Classics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece and a Postgraduate Certificate in TESL/TEFL from the Birmingham University, in England. Currently she is studying for a Master’s of Applied Linguistics with the University of New England, in Australia while she is preparing towards her own project that she intends to complete at the University of Zurich, in Switzerland. The project will deal with the historical, semasiological, functional, cognitive and psycholinguistic analysis of adversative conjunctions in Greek and English language (typology). Her research areas include: diachronic investigation of language development, cognitive and psycholinguistic analysis of linguistic phenomena, typology of clause linkage and World Englishes. Maria speaks Greek, English and a little German. At the moment she is working for the Government Adult Migrant English Programme in Australia.

Published
2018-05-08

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eISSN: 1998-1279