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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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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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Correction: “Long”, not “taal”

A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with someone I work with. I was trying to help her to remember someone and so, I said, “Di wan wid di taal ier.” As I said this, a woman walked into the office, … Continue reading

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Meaning, not words

I found this post in my drafts, and decided to finish it! Started writing it waaaaay back in 2012! Enjoy! You know, many people have trouble understanding that knowing words in a language is not enough when it comes to … Continue reading

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Reparations, Slavery, and Language Attitudes

On Wednesday, the 30th of September, 2015, David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland visited my island home and addressed the Parliament of Jamaica. He urged the Jamaican people to “move on”. … Continue reading

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