International Journal of Bilingualism vol:19 issue:3 pages:333-346
This paper presents a quantitative corpus-based variationist analysis of the English insertions used by Belgian Dutch and Netherlandic Dutch participants to the reality TV show "Expeditie Robinson". The data consists of manual transcriptions of 35 hours of recordings for 46 speakers from 3 seasons of the show. Focusing on the expressive utterances in the corpus, we present a mixed-effect logistic regression analysis to pattern which of a variety of speaker-related and context-related features can help explain the occurrence of English insertions in Dutch. Results show a strong impact of typical variationist variables such as gender, age and location, but more situational features like emotional charge and topic of the conversation also prove relevant. Overall, in its combined focus on (a) oral corpora of spontaneous language use, (b) social patterns in the use of English, and (c) inferential statistical modeling, this paper presents new perspectives on the study of anglicisms in weak contact settings.