“Historic Low Prestige and Seeds of Change: Attitudes Toward Jamaican Creole”

May 13th, 2015
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Jamaican Creole (known to its speakers as Patois) is a language of ethnic identification for roughly two and a half million people in the island of Jamaica, and overseas for many thousands of native speakers.

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Historic Low Prestige and Seeds of Change: Attitudes Toward Jamaican CreoleReading an Academic Source: Historic low prestige and seeds of change: Attitudes toward Jamaican CreoleJamaican Creole (known to its speakers as Patois) is a language of ethnic identification for roughly two and a half million people in the island of Jamaica, and overseas for many thousands of native speakers. The origins of the Jamaican Creole postdate 1660, in the interaction of British colonists and African slaves. Jamaican language and its place in society reflects the brutal history of Jamaica as a British sugar colony until Independence in 1962. Creolization in the broadest sense led to emergence of new cultural and social institutions, including language, but the subordination of Jamaican Creole to English (the native tongue of a small minority) has persisted to the present day, with conse

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