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Creating Belonging in San Francisco Chinatown’s Diasporic Community

Morphosyntactic Aspects of Indexing Ethnic Identity

Authors: Staicov, Adina

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  • Takes a variationist sociolinguistic and morphosyntactic approach to language use and social practice in the San Francisco Chinatown community
  • Focuses on linguistic variation within a previously under-investigated minority community living in a concentrated geographical area
  • Explores interrelated areas such as ethnic identity construction, heritage language maintenance and transnational ties
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This book presents a much-needed discussion on ethnic identification and morphosyntactic variation in San Francisco Chinatown—a community that has received very little attention in linguistic research. An investigation of original, interactive speech data sheds light on how first- and second-generation Chinese Americans signal (ethnic) identity through morphosyntactic variation in English and on how they co-construct identity discursively. After an introduction to the community’s history, the book provides background information on ethnic varieties in North America. This discussion grounds the present book within existing research and illustrates how studies on ethnic varieties of English have evolved. The book then proceeds with a description of quantitative and qualitative results on linguistic variation and ethnic identity. These analyses show how linguistic variation is only one way of signalling belonging to a community and highlight that Chinese Americans draw on a variety of sources, most notably the heritage language, to construct and negotiate (ethnic) identity. This book will be of particular interest to linguists - particularly academics working in sociolinguistics, language and identity, and language variation - but also to scholars interested in related issues such as migration, discrimination, and ethnicity.


About the authors

Adina Staicov is Assistant Professor at Hiroshima University, Japan, where she teaches classes on Academic Writing and English for Academic Purposes.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-24993-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-24992-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Creating Belonging in San Francisco Chinatown’s Diasporic Community
Book Subtitle
Morphosyntactic Aspects of Indexing Ethnic Identity
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24993-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24993-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-24992-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 182
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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