Welcome!Please look around and enjoy; a blog from a Jamaican who loves languages! Look for a new post every Sunday at 12:00 pm Jamaican time.
One of my lectures has said on more than one occasion that breaking down our language into individual sounds is not the easiest thing for us humans. It is more intuitive for us to have syllables or meaningful units be … Continue reading
In Patwa, there’s a future tense marker. Similar to English, both the word “go” and the continuous aspect marker (-ing in English, a in Patwa) make this. And so, you get: Mi ago dwiit. “I am going to do it.” … Continue reading
In learning linguistics, I find that many of my classmates have a hard time breaking out of the habit of thinking in terms of letters. Literate English speakers seem to have a hard time unlearning the idea that the words they … Continue reading
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
Because I have been trying to keep myself disciplined, posting here every week, no matter how busy I am, I decided to let you guys know that I won’t be posting a “full” blog post today, because I have a … Continue reading
There is a saying: “Writers write what they know.” It’s cliché and (of course) contested. As a science fiction/fantasy writer, there’s a clear limit to my own life experiences and what I put on paper: I’ve never wielded a magical sword, … Continue reading