Language in Exile

Language in Exile

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qAn important addition to studies of the genesis and life of Jamaican Creole as well as other New World creoles such as Gulla. Highlighting the nature of the nonstandard varieties of British English dialects to which the African slaves were exposed, this work presents a refreshingly cogent view of Jamaican Creole features.q --SECOL Review qThe history of Jamaican Creole comes to life through this book. Scholars will analyze its texts, follow the leads it opens up, and argue about refining its interpretations for a long time to come.q --Journal of Pidgin a Creole Languages qThe authors are to be congratulated on this substantial contribution to our understanding of how Jamaican Creole developed. Its value lies not only in the linguistic insights of the authors but also in the rich trove of texts that they have made accessible.q --English World-Wide qProvides valuable historical and demographic data and sheds light on the origins and development of Jamaican Creole. Lalla and D'Costa offer interesting insights into Creole genesis, not only through their careful mapping of the migrations from Europe and Africa, which constructed the Jamaican society but also through extensive documentation of early texts. . . . Highly valuable to linguists, historians, anthropologists, psychologists, and anyone interested in the Caribbean or in the history of mankind.q --New West Indian GuidePigeon dem say, a#39;Cho, mudfish! tan where you day, man. What you da go do da cornpiece!a#39; Mudfish woulda#39;nt satisfy; him tan dere da shoreside, so pigeon dem come da waterside come drink water, him beg dem, a#39;Bra, unoo carry me go, no!

Title:Language in Exile
Author:Barbara Lalla, Jean D'Costa
Publisher:University of Alabama Press - 2009-03-15


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