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  • Titill er á ensku Uglish: Understanding the Variety of English Spoken in Uganda
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    This paper is aimed at highlighting the main features of Ugandan English (hereafter referred to as Uglish) focusing on its characteristics and sociolinguistic factors.
    The sociology of language in Uganda is another factor that should be discussed in order to understand why some languages rank higher than others in the Ugandan society, keeping into consideration that the English language is a second language (hereafter referred to as L2) but in some cases, it is the first language (hereafter referred to as L1) possibly due to its influence in the education sector and the notion of linguistic imperialism.
    It is also worth noting that among East Africa’s inhabitants, the English language is an L2, a third language and even a forth language. Given that fact, I will consider factors such as the formation of the English language and give the binding reasons for its popularity in Uganda.
    The English language has progressively been used as a mode of bridging the communication gap between Ugandan regions. And its steadfast progress was inspired further by the fact that it became the major language used in the education sector with many people preferring to learn English as a unifying factor in the elite class. Secondly, Uganda’s approach to language use strategically sets English above other languages.
    History is another factor that has aided the formation and development of the English language in Uganda. With the arrival of the colonial masters in Uganda came English which was limited to a selected few and mostly used for administrative work.
    Ragnarsson (2011) provides a theory accounting for the creation of the variety of English spoken in Uganda in which he claims that speaker’s mother tongue is partly responsible for the creation of the English variety that exists in Uganda, given that the phonological and grammatical features of the speaker’s L1 limit the variety spoken just as it does other varieties spoken in East Africa.

  • 18.1.2017

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