Caribbean & African Languages

Social history, language, literature and education

Morgan Dalphinis

afrocaribbean languages one

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ISBN: 978-1-861770-14-1
BIC Categories: Sociology & anthropology, Sociolinguistics
Categories: Caribbean Studies, Cultural Studies
Published: January 2015
234 x 156 x 17 mm
282 pages
Publisher: Whiting & Birch Ltd

Tospeak a language means more than to use a certain morphology and syntax, itmeans to support the whole weight of a culture and civilization (Fanon).

Under slavery, African languages were violently suppressed. Despite this, Africans inthe Caribbean preserved the grammatical core of their African mother tongues, while using the vocabularies of their European slave masters. The Creole languages of the Caribbean were born from this great creative feat of resistance.

This book starts with a brief description of the grammatical structure of African(Niger-Congo) languages. It then examines the social and linguistic history of the languages of the Caribbean, identifying their debt to the languages of Africa. This debt is also examined in the light of new Creole theory up to2014.

The oral literatures of the Caribbean Creoles and their relationship to their audiences are considered. Their influences from the West African oral tradition are acknowledged.

The final chapter looks at the implications for the teaching of English as a second language in schools and adult education and also considers Creoles as a medium for teaching.

This revised edition is issued in response to strong demand. The work will be of interest to linguists, educators and policymakers and to anyone with an interest in the history of the Caribbean.

A companion volume Caribbean & African Languages: Education, Psychology and Multilingual Societies will appear later in 2015.

For detailed contents list, see attached file.
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