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Title: Sociolinguistic indexicalities in ethnic diversity : perceptions of ethnicity and language in suriname
Authors: Stell, G 
Keywords: Ethnicity
Language contact
Language variation
Sociolinguistics
Suriname
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Brill
Source: New West Indian guide (Nieuwe West-Indische gids), 2018, v. 92, no. 43132, p. 35-61 How to cite?
Journal: New West Indian guide (Nieuwe West-Indische gids) 
Abstract: Ethnicity and language have often been considered jointly on the grounds of their intrinsic interrelation: hard ethnic boundaries are manifested by the use of heritage languages, while dynamics of assimilation reduce the need to linguistically project ethnic distinctness. This article seeks to test the interrelation between patterns of language use and ethnic boundaries in the context of Suriname by analyzing perceptions of ethnolinguistic boundaries elicited from a sample of young informants from Paramaribo. The findings suggest that Surinamese ethnic boundaries are salient, albeit eroding in urban areas. Erosion is visible at a linguistic level in what seems to be a general shift in urban areas toward Dutch and Sranan Tongo. However, this shift might be proceeding at different paces from one ethnic group to the next. As a result, ethnicity is reflected in variable levels of linguistic competence in Dutch and Sranan Tongo.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/79176
ISSN: 1382-2373
EISSN: 2213-4360
DOI: 10.1163/22134360-09201054
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