Language and culture in second dialect learning
Place of Publication
Oxon, United Kingdom
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Arts and Humanities
Language, like culture, is variously represented in societies. Geographical dispersion of social groups within a society can be associated with regional linguistic or dialectal differences and, within the same location, social differentiation can be expressed in social dialects. The matter is complicated by the movement of groups across cultural settings and th role of language in helping to maintain the distinctiveness of groups of different origin. The phenomenon of the 'spread of English' (Garcia and Otherguy 1989: 1) has entailed significant linguistic change worldwide, in that is has led to the emergence of new Englishes and added to the linguistic repertoires of many cultures.