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Linguistics Seminar Series : Maintenance of Identity in an Adopted Language: Development and Use of Aboriginal English Other events...
The phenomenon of the maintenance of Aboriginal English despite significant counter-pressures in the wider society, shows an unwillingness, on the part of its speakers, to allow themselves to be linguistically identified with Australian English.

This presentation explores elements in the indigenization of English by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speakers in Australia, relating to the way in which the speakers drew selectively on the varieties transported by the colonizers, and to the way in which they used English to embody essential cultural conceptualizations.

Apart from being an essential communication medium in an English dominant society, it is suggested that Aboriginal English serves at least three culturally significant functions for its speakers: authenticity, creative expression and cultural continuity. Malcolm, Ian G. (2017) “Terms of adoption: Cultural conceptual factors underlying the adoption of English for Aboriginal Communication.” In Farzad Sharifian (ed.) Advances in Cultural Linguistics. Singapore: Springer, pp. 625-659. Malcolm, Ian G. (2018) “The representation of Aboriginal cultural conceptualisations in an adopted English.” International Journal of Language and Culture 5 (1): 66-93. Rusho, Dima (2018) “Cultural conceptualisations of language and country in Australian Indigenous languages.” International Journal of Language and Culture 5 (1): 94-111.
Speaker(s) Ian G. Malcolm
Location Social Sciences Building, Room 2.63
Contact Dr Maďa Ponsonnet <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 12 Apr 2019 11:00
End Fri, 12 Apr 2019 12:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Thu, 11 Apr 2019 10:43
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