The Stereotypes Of English Language

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Some linguistic features of English varieties may come from stereotypes attached to the language itself, but to what extent it can be suggested that a dialect is being stereotyped? What signs can we identify as stereotypes when comes to a dialect?
Leigh (2012), in his article Fingerprinting the Literary Dialects of Three Works of Plantation Fiction, believed that it would be necessary a high knowledge of ‘textual manipulation’ to demonstrate the authenticity and stereotypes of a text. Groebner (2004) (as cited in Edwards, 2009) pointed out, that the issue of identity is important when analyzing the language. The word ‘identity’ can indirectly lead us into misconceptions since it is certainly true that a language has an identity based on several factors, and those ‘elements’ bring along a set of cultural and social stereotypes that are manifested in language itself.

The identity of language can be analyzed by the communicative or symbolic level; Ireland’s nationalism and its recognition of the language have been an example of it. Since the country was subjected to British colonialism, Irish language has undergone several language revivals after English became the first channel of communication in the isle. Though native speakers of the language are less than 3% of the population, Irish is still the official language of the country, as a symbolic image of the ‘sense of belonging’ in the Republic (see Edwards p.56, 2009).
Developing this new ‘identity’, conserving their
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