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Orthography and ideology: issues in Sranan spelling.

Sebba, Mark (2000) Orthography and ideology: issues in Sranan spelling. Linguistics, 38 (5). pp. 925-948.

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Abstract

This paper concerns the orthography of Sranan, an English-lexicon creole spoken by a majority of the population in Surinam (South America), which also has many speakers in the Netherlands. Sranan has a long written tradition and has had two official orthographies, but it is still often written informally using conventions largely derived from Dutch. Social and ideological issues always accompany the development of an orthography but are often viewed as lying outside the realm of linguistics. In this paper I survey the orthographic practices, past and present, used in writing Sranan, to argue that orthographies are shaped less by the phonological facts of the language concerned than by social and cultural factors in the context where the orthography is used. The most important of these are the nature of bilingualism among the literate part of the population while the orthography is developing; literacy practices within the community as a whole; and ideological beliefs concerning languages and their speakers, both inside and outside the speech community. I argue for the view that orthography is a social practice embedded in the social and cultural practices of the writers and speakers of the language.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 1247
Deposited By: Dr Mark Sebba
Deposited On: 05 Feb 2008 16:57
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:04
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1247

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