The English of The Sleeping Lady: An exploration of the historical and current influences on the English of Kosrae

Lynch, Sara (11 October 2015). The English of The Sleeping Lady: An exploration of the historical and current influences on the English of Kosrae (Unpublished). In: IAWE 2015. Istanbul. 08.-10.10.2015.

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Kosrae, or ‘The Island of The Sleeping Lady’ as it is known to locals, is the most remote island of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), located in the western Pacific. FSM is an independent sovereign nation consisting of four state in total: Pohnpei, Chuuk, Yap and Kosrae.
First claimed by the Spanish, who were forced to cede FSM to Germany in 1899. In 1914, the Japanese took military possession of the region resulting in considerable economic, social and political change for the islands’ inhabitants. By 1947 after WWII, the islands formed part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands commissioned by the UN and administered by the US. The FSM became an independent nation in 1986 while still retaining affiliation with the US under a ‘Compact of Free Association’ encouraging the officiating of English as a language of FSM, alongside local languages.
Here I examine the presence and uses of English in Kosrae with reference to these socio-historical influences. First, I discuss the extralinguistic factors which have shaped the English that is currently found on Kosrae. Secondly, I assess the use of English in this community in light of Schneider’s (2007) ‘Dynamic Model’. Finally, an overview of the salient linguistic characteristics of Kosraean English, based on data collected in informal conversations on the island, will be presented. The overall objective is to present a socio-historical, political and linguistic description of a hitherto unexamined English emerging in a postcolonial environment.

Schneider, E. (2007). Postcolonial Englishes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Research Interests: Global Englishes

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures

UniBE Contributor:

Lynch, Sara


800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures
400 Language > 420 English & Old English languages


[4] Swiss National Science Foundation




Sara Lynch

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02 Mar 2016 11:10

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08 Mar 2016 00:15




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