The sociophonetic effects of Event X

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South Africa offers an ecological complexity that challenges World Englishes theorizing. The number of speakers of the Settler variety remains relatively large, and other L1 varieties play an important role in public life (primarily those spoken by Indian and Coloured speakers). In addition there is a growing trend towards the acquisition of the prestige variant of South African English by young middle-class Black speakers. But there are intermediate varieties which have arisen and are flourishing in the new post-apartheid openness. This paper offers a close analysis of Black speakers who have been influenced by the norms of Indian and Coloured counterparts, especially within an informal educational context. The implications of such multicultural contact within the Schneider’s Dynamic Model are explored.


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