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Towards a discursive history of the Caribbean as a history of genres

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Mühleisen, Susanne:
Towards a discursive history of the Caribbean as a history of genres.
In: Durgasingh, Ryan ; Selvon-Ramkissoon, Nicha (ed.): Caribbean Discourses : Stylistic and Critical Discourse Approaches to Language Use in the Caribbean. - Cham : Palgrave Macmillan , 2024 . - pp. 49-75
ISBN 978-3-031-45046-4

Abstract in another language

The investigation of text formats beyond literary genres has so far been the exception in research literature on World Englishes and English-related contact varieties (cf. Bhatia, 2006; Görlach, 2004; Mühleisen, 2022a). In this chapter I will briefly outline the discursive formation and development of Caribbean Englishes/Creoles in particular written and spoken text formats. By exploring genres such as recipes, letters to the editor, advice columns, radio phone-in programmes or internet forums, I argue, we acknowledge Caribbean creative adaptations and localized versions of highly conventionalized genres. My particular focus in reviewing the discursive history of Caribbean Englishes/Creoles as a history of genres lies on the contribution of the postcolonial context as well as on the significance of oral culture in both written and spoken formats. After a brief exploration of genre theory and its application to the framework of Caribbean Englishes/Creoles, this chapter will highlight linguistic and cultural features in three case studies in a specific Caribbean context: (i) The recipe in Trinidad, (ii) the radio phone-in programme in Trinidad and (iii) the internet forum in Trinidad.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Genre; Caribbean; discourses; recipe; radio phone-in programme; internet forum
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair English Linguistics > Chair English Linguistics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Mühleisen
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 400 Language > 400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 420 English, Old English languages
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2024 10:11
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2024 10:11