Lexical variation and identity practices within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities of the East Midlands

Lee, P.T., 2021. Lexical variation and identity practices within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities of the East Midlands. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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This thesis is the result of an ethical reflexive approach to the study of sociolinguistic lexical variation and identity of those who identity as Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) within the East Midlands of the UK. Whilst not the first study to look at lexis within these communities; lexical variation that exists between individual speakers has not been a central focus of the research. The study’s focus is towards a variational account of lexis as a source of language variation, and, in doing so, addresses methodological approaches used to account for this variation between individuals. This variation is positioned within the Third Wave of sociolinguistics of the sociocultural interactional framework of Bucholtz and Hall (2005) who place identity as socially constructed through semiotic means. Previous research (Braber, 2015, p. 18) has suggested that the varieties within the East Midlands, minority groups more broadly, and the speakers of languages associated with Gypsy, Roma and Travellers as their communities of practice, have been overlooked in variationist literature within the study of linguistics.

An ethical reflexive approach has enabled observations of identity practices of those who identify as Gypsy, Roma or Traveller. This study highlights language practices of those that identify as Gypsy, Roma or Traveller and how lexis is utilised as an integral component of this practice. In addition to identity as social practice, I report on factors, which are influential in variation. I catalogued lexical variation and compared that with an original collation of data sets. These data sets have been used to establish factors influencing variation of lexis between speakers of the communities. These data sets were collated from a number of literary and historical sources, together with corpora, which have been established to collect data on variation within the Anglo-Romani dialects spoken within the UK. These findings give weight to the argument that lexis is used to perform identity alongside other linguistic forms. These practices relate to notions of self within discourse. This, together with the principle that lexical variation within these communities of practice, are rule based and governed by processes involving structured heterogeneity and are outlined within this thesis.

Item Type: Thesis
Description: Abridged version
Creators: Lee, P.T.
Braber, N.Thesis supervisorCCM3BRABENorcid.org/0000-0003-2611-1190
Coffey-Glover, L.Thesis supervisorECM3COFFELorcid.org/0000-0002-4432-8177
Wright, D.Thesis supervisorECM3WRIGHDorcid.org/0000-0003-2300-5915
Date: October 2021
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Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 03 Oct 2023 09:09
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2023 09:09
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/49846

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