Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

"De tawk dakain ova dea": mapping language ideologies on Oʻahu

Katie Drager, James Grama


This study provides the first examination of perceptual dialectology within Hawaiʻi. While previous work investigated Hawaiʻi Locals’ beliefs about language use, it located Hawaiʻi within the context of the United States. In contrast, respondents in this study focus on the island of Oʻahu. Using a blank map, respondents mark boundaries where they believe language is used differently on the island, specifying the ways in which they feel the speech differs. The results demonstrate that respondents associate particular regions with the use of either Pidgin or English, and that the areas most closely associated with Pidgin are the same areas as those where people are said to speak the “heaviest” Pidgin. Some subjects also include other languages on the maps, while other subjects focus on differences in speakers’ ethnicities, suggesting that beliefs about language use and region may be at least partially due to each of their respective associations with ethnicity

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