From village talk to slang: the re-enregisterment of a non-standardised variety in an urban diaspora

Petros Karatsareas 2020. From village talk to slang: the re-enregisterment of a non-standardised variety in an urban diaspora. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2020.1767115

TitleFrom village talk to slang: the re-enregisterment of a non-standardised variety in an urban diaspora
TypeJournal article
AuthorsKaratsareas, P.
Abstract

I explore the ways in which language ideologies are transformed when they are transplanted to diasporic settings as a result of migration. I examine the labelling of Cypriot Greek features as slang by young British-born speakers of Greek Cypriot heritage. Drawing on the analysis of data collected in a Greek complementary school in London, I suggest that slang is applied to Cypriot Greek through a process of re-enregisterment that redefines the contrast it forms with Standard Greek in the model of the slang vs posh English binary, which is local to the London context and is constructed along the lines of the ideological schemata of properness and correctness that also define the opposition between Cypriot Greek and Standard Greek in Cyprus. I propose that the policy and practice of teaching Greek in the school is a key enabler in this process as it constructs Standard Greek as a language that can and must be written and Cypriot Greek as a language that can only be spoken but never written. This allows complementary school pupils to draw links with institutional discourses they are exposed to in mainstream education about the inappropriateness of including elements of slang in their writing.

Keywordsslang
enregisterment
Cypriot Greek
diaspora
standard language ideologies
JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
ISSN0143-4632
Year2020
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2020.1767115
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01434632.2020.1767115?journalCode=rmmm20
Publication dates
Published online21 May 2020

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