#2607. カリブ海地域のクレオール語の自律性を巡る議論[creole][caribbean][sociolinguistics][variety]


 カリブ海地域の英語事情について,「#1679. The West Indies の英語圏」 ([2013-12-01-1]) を始めとする caribbean の各記事で話題にしてきた.カリブ海地域と一口にいっても,英語やクレオール語 (creole) の社会的な地位を巡る状況や議論は個々の土地で異なっており,容易に概括することは難しい.その土地において標準的な英語変種とみなされるもの (acrolect) と,言語的にそこから最も隔たっている英語ベースのクレオール変種 (basilect) との間に,多数の中間的な変種 (mesolects) が認められ,いわゆる post-creole continuum が観察されるケースでは,basilect に近い諸変種の社会的な位置づけ,すなわち社会言語学的な自律性 (autonomy) は不安定である(関連して「#385. Guyanese Creole の連続体」 ([2010-05-17-1]),「#1522. autonomyheteronomy」 ([2013-06-27-1]),「#1523. Abstand languageAusbau language」 ([2013-06-28-1]) を参照).
 近年,多くの地域で basilect を構成する変種の自律性が公私ともに認められるようになってきていると言われるが,その認可の水準については地域によって温度差がある.例えば,Belize, Guyana, Jamaica のような社会では,acrolect と basilect の隔たりが十分に大きいと感じられており,後者クレオール変種の "Ausbau language" としての autonomy が擁護されやすい一方で,the Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad などではクレオール諸変種は "intermediate creole varieties" (Winford 417) と呼ばれるほど,その土地の標準的な変種との距離が比較的近いために,その heteronomy が指摘されやすい.Winford (418--19) より,"The Autonomy of Creole Varieties" と題する節を引用しよう.

In the Anglophone Caribbean, the question of the autonomy of the creole vernaculars has long been fraught with controversy, concerning both their linguistic structure and their socio-political status as national vernaculars. DeCamp (1971) was among the first to point to the problem of defining the boundaries of the language varieties in such situations, where there is a continuous spectrum of speech varieties ranging from the creole to the standard. Caribbean linguists, however, have argued that there are sound linguistic grounds for treating the more "radical" creole varieties as autonomous. A large part of the debate over the socio-political status of the creoles has focused on situations such as those in Belize, Guyana, and Jamaica, where the creole is quite distant from the standard. There is a growing trend, among both the public and the political establishment, to view the creoles in these communities as languages distinct from English. For instance, Beckford-Wassink (1999: 66) found that 90 percent of informants in a language attitude survey regarded Jamaican Creole as a distinct language, basing their judgments primarily on lexicon and accent.
   In intermediate creole situations such as in the Bahamas, Barbados, and Trinidad, there is a greater tendency to see the creole vernaculars as deviant dialects of English rather than separate varieties. Even here, though, there is a trend toward tolerating the use of these varieties for purposes of teaching the standard. So far, however, support for this comes primarily from linguists or other academics, and is not generally matched by popular opinion.


 ・ Winford, Donald. "English in the Caribbean." Chapter 41 of A Companion to the History of the English Language. Ed. Haruko Momma and Michael Matto. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008. 413--22.

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