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Jamaica: Language Situation

Patrick, PL (2006) 'Jamaica: Language Situation.' In: Brown, K, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd edition. Elsevier, 88 - 90. ISBN 978-0-08-044854-1

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Jamaica's main vernacular language is the English-lexified Jamaican Creole called Patwa, a language of ethnic/national identification, largely unintelligible to non-Jamaicans. Patwa, which comprises the basilect and mesolect of a Creole continuum, is not genetically descended from its English or African input languages. The acrolect, Standard Jamaican English, is used in literacy, education, and print media; it is a regional standard dialect of English. Patwa has made significant inroads into broadcast media. Patwa's long subordination to Standard English resulted in the Creole continuum and the demographic dominance of the mesolect, a systematic but variable Creole grammar incorporating elements of English structure.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Akan; Bantu; British Black English; Caribbean language; Creole continuum; English dialects; genetic linguistics; Kwa; language contact; linguistic variation; Pidgin; Creole languages; Twi
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elena Pupaza
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2015 11:42
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:44

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