Bryan, Beverley A.; Burnette, Rosalind
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Department of Educational Studies
Language variation and language use among teachers in Dominica
Aceto, Michael; Williams, Jeffrey
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This paper is an investigation of the language varieties used by a group of teachers in Dominica and their knowledge of and attitude towards these varieties. The rationale for such work is the fact that the school has been recognized as an arena of language contact (Edwards 1994) and therefore a variable in language maintenance. Central to the process of language shift within the school setting must be the role of the teacher. Information about the language background of teachers in speech communities with dynamic variation needs to be made available to those concerned with bi- and multilingual issues. Such data would be useful in indicating the variety of languages in the possession of teachers who are usually called on to inculcate a target language, and their role in the maintenance of other varieties. The data in this paper is certainly one source of information about language shift, the impetus behind the changes in use, and the norms of language behaviour operating at a given time. The language situation in Dominica, especially with respect to teachers and schooling, is one such source of study.....