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Media: News Reviews in Jamaican Creole

Submitter: Andre Sherriah

Submitter Email: thejamaicanlanguagecompany@gmail.com
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Media Body: Dear all,

Akshan Taak, is a Jamaican Language company (JLC) production done in
association with the Jamaican Language Unit
(http://www.mona.uwi.edu/dllp/jlu/index.htm). It is a news commentary
program done solely in Jamaican (More commonly referred to as Patwa or
Jamaican Creole), which reports on
how the media covers the news relevant to Jamaica and Jamaicans in general.

Subtitles are also written in the standardized writing system for Jamaican.
This is the modified Cassidy, LePage writing system for Jamaican Creole.
Do enjoy, subscribe and spread the word.

For episodes of Akshan Taak please go to YouTube and type in 'Akshan Taak'.

For more information on JLC, please visit


Andre Sherriah
PhD Candidate
University of the West Indies (Mona)
Issue Number: 19.3303
Date Posted: October 16, 2008

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