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Title: Consuming the consumers: Semiotics of Hawai'i Creole in advertisements
Authors: Hiramoto, M. 
Keywords: Advertisements
Hawai'i Creole
Language commodification
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Hiramoto, M. (2011). Consuming the consumers: Semiotics of Hawai'i Creole in advertisements. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 26 (2) : 247-275. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Previous sociolinguistic research concerning the use of Hawai'i Creole (HC) in public discourse has posited a link between a negative public image and subsequent discouragement of its use by government and media (e.g. Romaine 1999; Sato 1989, 1991, 1994), except in some limited venues. This paper reports on the emerging trend of HC use in media discourse, presenting data from local television advertisements and discussing the role of language therein. Despite the fact that HC has traditionally been a stigmatized variety in public discourse, its employment in television advertisements is currently on the rise, riding a wave of positive sentiment for Hawai'i's local culture. The use of HC in the commercials is strategic and carefully controlled; while heavy Pidgin (basilectal HC) is still avoided as possibly detrimental to brand image, the right touch of HC is a favored tactic among these advertisement producers. HC is one of a number of criteria for implicit membership for the Hawai'i residents on which advertisers may draw in an attempt to fabricate a synthetic membership with the audience. © 2011 John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Source Title: Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages
ISSN: 09209034
DOI: 10.1075/jpcl.26.2.02hir
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