Hip-hop through the world Englishes lens: a response to globalization
Article first published online: 5 MAY 2006
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 195–208, May 2006
How to Cite
Omoniyi, T. (2006), Hip-hop through the world Englishes lens: a response to globalization. World Englishes, 25: 195–208. doi: 10.1111/j.0083-2919.2006.00459.x
- Issue published online: 5 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 5 MAY 2006
Abstract: This paper proposes that global popular culture and, specifically, hip-hop music offers prospective sites for examining interaction between varieties of English in the context of globalization. The data consist of extracts from Nigerian hip-hop song lyrics. Sociolinguistic features of fusion as a social process of globalization include divergence through (deliberate) phonological variation, codeswitching, cross-referencing, nicknaming, colloquialisms, and reinterpretation.