African American Vernacular English is a stigmatized dialect that is still ridiculed in education and the workplace. Its speakers are coherent and intelligent communicators, but remain disadvantaged.
When the British government expelled Chagos Islanders from their homeland, it put a unique culture at risk of erasure.
Linguicism sees people penalised for speaking in non-standard forms of English.
Mauritius’ oil spill highlights the plight of impoverished communities that live along the coastline.
People still find ways to express old ways of speaking in a new language, so that language does not fundamentally alter their cultural identity.
New research suggests that hints left in Creole languages can identify where the original speakers came from – even hundreds of years after they migrated and mixed together.
Slavery, indenture and industrialisation have all contributed to Mauritius’ multiculturalism - and to its deep social tensions.
In Africa, standard English dominates in formal institutions. But in everyday usage it is supplanted by the continent’s abundance of languages – and the varieties of English these gave rise to.
A linguist from the University of Michigan has discovered a new language in a remote Indigenous community in northern Australia…