Analysis Of Multicultural London English

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One of English’s most developing dialects is known as Multicultural London English, a sociolect of English. MLE is considered a ‘young’ dialect mainly spoken by young, working-class people in the multicultural neighbourhoods’ that incorporates both elements of Caribbean creole and other ‘non-native’ influences. Paul Kerswill, an investigator from Lancaster University carried out research on the theme of the emergence, acquisition, and diffusion of a new variety (2007-10.) Kerswill analysed language use in Hackney, an area in the East End of London originally associated with working-class white Cockneys. However, due to post-war reconstruction, many of the East End residents were transferred to new housing estates further east or to new towns in Essex. Immigrants started to emerge and the population started to increase. The earliest of immigrants to arrive were from the West Indies bringing over their Caribbean creole. Kerswill describes responses to MLE in the media, where it has been referred to as ‘Jafaican’, a term that ‘sounds black’. The sociolinguists’ term ‘multiethnolect’, then, reflects the fact that MLE is spoken by young people from all ethnic groups living in the multilingual inner city area. Other researchers of Multicultural London English are Jenny Cheshire and Sue Fox, who refers to this dialect as “Multi-ethnic youth dialect,” suggesting that this sociolect isn’t only spoken in London. “Dr. Chris Lucas, Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics at SOAS
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