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Mark Sebba


Research Interests

  • Written bilingual and multilingual texts
  • Sociolinguistics of Orthography
  • Pidgin and creole languages
  • Bilingual spoken corpora

Notable Ideas

  • The analysis of conversational code switching in bilingual communities (pidgin and creole languages)
  • London Jamaican (1993, Longman) is about the use of English and Creole among Caribbeans in London.

Academic Life

Mark Sebba teaches at the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, United Kingdom. his academic interests lie in the field of Language in Society, Language and Identities and Bilingualism.

Since 2002 Mark Sebba has been Director of the Centre for Language in Social Life within the Department.

Main Publications

  • Sebba, Mark (1997). Contact Languages: Pidgins and Creoles. London: Macmillan.
  • Sebba, Mark (1993). London Jamaican: language systems in interaction. London: Longman. (Real Language series).
  • Sebba, Mark (1987). The Syntax of Serial Verbs. Amsterdam, Benjamins.
  • Sebba, Mark (2007). Spelling and Society: The Culture and Politics of orthography around the world. Cambridge U.P.
  • Sebba, Mark (2007). Identity and language construction in an online community: the case of 'Ali G'. In Peter Auer (ed.) Social identity and communicative styles - An alternative approach to linguistic variability Mouton/de Gruyter.
  • Sebba, Mark (2006). Dray, Susan and Mark Sebba: Who are the 'authentic' speakers? Youth language practices in a once 'Creole-speaking community' and the notion of ethnicity. (Unpublished conference paper, SS16, Limerick)

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