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ERIC Number: ED529549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 249
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1246-0344-5
Register Formation among Sri Lankan University Youth
Zubair, Cala A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Georgetown University
This linguistic and ethnographic project examines register formation among a community of Sri Lankan university youth. The Raggers group at the University of Peradeniya (Kandy, Sri Lanka) has strict rules forbidding the use of English and supporting a register of Sinhala made up of linguistic features from different Sinhala varieties. Detailing their "no English, Sinhala-only" practices, I discuss how Raggers' code choice and promotion of Written Sinhala morphosyntax seem to relate to ethnolinguistic nationalist ideologies dating back to the 19th century. Moreover, I explore distinctive features of their lexicon that reflect community relationships, including preference towards a stereotypical male subject. My analysis incorporates an integrative means of studying register focused on the reflexive language processes by which Raggers form and maintain their distinct way of speaking. Reflexive processes range from metalinguistic group discussions, to punitive actions for English use, to interactional means of grouping linguistic items under shared ideological meanings. Diverging from past, prescriptive studies of Sinhala language varieties (Gair 1986, DeSilva 1979, Paolillo 1997), my analysis draws on sociohistorical evidence, analysis of repertoire features, and contextual language use (Agha 2007). [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sri Lanka