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Haagse Harry, a Dutch chav from The Hague? The enregisterment of similar social personas in different speech communities

Cole, Amanda and Tieken-Boon van Ostade, Ingrid (2021) 'Haagse Harry, a Dutch chav from The Hague? The enregisterment of similar social personas in different speech communities.' International Journal of Language and Culture. ISSN 2214-3157

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Abstract

This paper presents two remarkably similar characterological figures who are stereotyped embodiments of working-class personas: Haagse Harry in The Hague and chavs in England. The two figures have similar attires, class positions, attitudes, and associated attributes. We compare and contextualize the indexical links between their linguistic features and their social characteristics. Firstly, while chavs can be both men and women, the fictional persona Haagse Harry represents an all-male lower-working-class subculture. Secondly, while Haagse Harry consistently speaks Broad Haags, the language of chavs is not rooted in any single regional dialect but invariably indexes working-class features. Thirdly, Haagse Harry, and his sociolect, has a higher social status compared to the language and persona of chavs, who embody British class prejudice. We demonstrate that the repertoire of linguistic features deployed in the stylisation of characterological figures is strongly dependent on patterns of variation and ideas that are prevalent in the local speech community.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: chavs; The Hague; enregisterment; social class; characterological figures; indexicality
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2021 14:39
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2022 21:59
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31523

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