A new New English Language, Politics and Identity in Gibraltar

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April 2002



Gibraltar is a mere 2.5 square miles of British rock at the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula. Yet this microcosm is home to 20,000 Gibraltarians. In the wake of age-old geo-political, social and cultural tensions, a unique language contact situation has emerged. Since the arrival of the British in 1704, Spanish and English have coexisted in the colony: English as the language of the colonial masters, and Spanish/Yanito as that of the local people. Over the last 60 years, however, this diglossic situation has gradually changed, with the Gibraltarians adopting English as their 'mother tongue'. The result has been the institutionalisation of the language and the emergence of a new New English.This empirical study conducts an instrumental analysis of this localised form of English, revealing its nativisation process. The analysis pinpoints the distinctive features of 'Gibraltarian English' and posits that a focussing process is in progress. Implementing a qualitative/quantitative analysis of sociolinguistic data, the author also explores the mechanisms behind the speech community's language usage, attitudes and ideology. Over time Gibraltarians' changing conceptions about English and Spanish have reflected their perceived identity of themselves as British and/or Gibraltarians.This book reveals Gibraltar as speech community in search of an identity. It is a people aware of its multicultural heritage, determined in its continued rejection of Spanish claims on sovereignty, and increasingly ambivalent toward its colonial past.


Anja Kellermann was born in Frankfurt/Main (Germany) in 1964. She studied English, Spanish and German Philology at the Universities of Frankfurt/Main, Heidelberg (Germany), and Oviedo (Spain). In 1998 she completed her PhD thesis in English Linguistics at Heidelberg.She has worked in adult education in England, Spain, and Germany. She has been employed both in industry and at university, where she worked as tutor, research assistant and teacher at the English Department of Heidelberg University, and has published articles on phonetics and language attitudes. Since 1997, she has been working for a German sofware company in the field of technical writing.Anja Kellermann currently lives in Heidelberg. She is married and has one son.
EAN: 9783831123681
ISBN: 3831123683
Untertitel: Paperback.
Verlag: Books on Demand
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2002
Seitenanzahl: 488 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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