Category Archives: Patwa

A.k.a. Jamaican Creole and (Jamaican) Patois, this is Jamaica’s native language, often looked down upon as not a true language, or not a language worthy of respect or to be used in formal situations.

Linguistics is an eye-opener!

Or, rather… an ear-opener…? First of all, let me apologise for my absence. Life has been very hectic, what with school and all that. But I’m going to try to be more disciplined from now on. Anyway, since I first … Continue reading

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Life of an MA in Linguistics Student

My faithful friends, apologies for not posting for two weeks in a row! I’ve started an MA in Linguistics, and, I must tell you, things have been hectic! Having essentially 3 jobs while going to school… not easy. Not to … Continue reading

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How Jamaican Creole became a language

It’s been a month since my last blog post, and I apologise for that. Life has been hectic, to say the least. Anyway, I thought I’d restart my regular weekly posts by giving a possible answer to a question I raised … Continue reading

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Thoughts spring from Roots

After hearing my mother refer to the 1977 mini-series Roots as a child, I felt a strong pull towards the History Channel’s remake that premiered this year. About a month ago, I sat with my friend to watch every high and … Continue reading

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Patwa: t->ch, d-> d, n->ng

When I was first learning the standard way to write Jamaican Creole (Patwa), I have to admit, I didn’t think some things made sense. To us Jamaicans, the ‘t’ sound becomes a ‘ch’ sound when it comes before an ‘r’, … Continue reading

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Writing and Language, Both Signed and Spoken

Last week’s post featured a video log in which the person who posted the vlog stated that ASL is written with English words. While it is true that ASL (and JSL) are often represented with English words, that raised a question that … Continue reading

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Explaining the Situation: Patwa and Japanese

Last month, I missed a couple Sundays of posting. It was a busy time for me. So, I thought I’d give you my apologies, my precious readers: A bizi mi did bizi. And that brings us to the topic of this … Continue reading

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