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Title: Contact Englishes of the Eastern Caribbean
Edited By: Michael Aceto
Jeffrey P. Williams
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=VEAW_G30
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World G30

Contact Englishes of the Eastern Caribbean is the first collection to focus, via primary linguistic fieldwork, on the underrepresented and neglected area of the Anglophone Eastern Caribbean. The following islands are included: The Virgin Islands (USA & British), Anguilla, Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia, Carriacou, Barbados, Trinidad, and Guyana. In an effort to be as inclusive as possible, the contiguous areas of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands (often considered part of North American Englishes) are also included. Papers in this volume explore all aspects of language study, including syntax, phonology, historical linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, ethnography, and performance. It should be of interest not only to creolists but also to linguists, anthropologists, sociologists and educators either in the Caribbean itself or those who work with schoolchildren of West Indian descent.

Table of contents

Map ix
Preface xi
Michael Aceto and Jeffrey P. Williams xiii
Defining ethnic varieties in the Bahamas: Phonological accommodation in black and white enclave communities
Becky Childs, Jeffrey Reaser and Walt Wolfram 1–28
The grammatical features of TMA auxiliaries in Bahamian Creole
Helean McPhee 29–49
English in the Turks and Caicos Islands: A look at Grand Turk
Cecilia Cutler 51–80
Language variety in the Virgin Islands: Plural marking
Robin Sabino, Mary Diamond and Leah Cockcroft 81–94
The establishment and perpetuation of Anglophone white enclave communities in the Eastern Caribbean: The case of Island Harbour, Anguilla
Jeffrey P. Williams 95–119
What are Creole languages? An alternative approach to the Anglophone Atlantic world with special emphasis on Barbudan Creole English
Michael Aceto 121–140
Language variation and language use among teachers in Dominica
Beverley Bryan and Rosalind Burnette 141–153
An “English Creole” that isn‘t: On the sociohistorical origins and linguistic classiffication of the vernacular English of St. Lucia
Paul B. Garrett 155–210
The Carriacou Shakespeare Mas’: Linguistic creativity in a Creole community
Joan M. Fayer 211–226
Creole English on Carriacou: A sketch and some implications
Ronald Kephart 227–239
Barbadian lects: Beyond meso
Gerard van Herk 241–264
Eastern Caribbean suprasegmental systems: A comparative view with particular reference to Barbadian, Trinidadian, and Guyanese
David Sutcliffe 265–296
References 297–315
Index 317–320

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Pidgins & Creoles
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588113639
ISBN-13: 9781588113634
Pages: xx, 322 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 162
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027248907
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xx, 322 pp.
Prices: EUR 120.00