Contact Englishes of the Eastern Caribbean (Varieties of by Michael Aceto, Jeffrey P. Williams

By Michael Aceto, Jeffrey P. Williams

"Contact Englishes of the jap Caribbean" focuses, through basic linguistic fieldwork, at the underrepresented and ignored sector of the Anglophone japanese Caribbean. the subsequent islands are integrated: The Virgin Islands (USA & British), Anguilla, Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia, Carriacou, Barbados, Trinidad, and Guyana. so as to be as inclusive as attainable, the contiguous components of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands (often thought of a part of North American Englishes) also are integrated. Papers during this quantity discover all facets of language learn, together with syntax, phonology, historic linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, ethnography, and function. it may be of curiosity not just to creolists but in addition to linguists, anthropologists, sociologists and educators both within the Caribbean itself or those that paintings with schoolchildren of West Indian descent.

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Although some features found here can be found in England, the US, and elsewhere in the Caribbean, no particular source aligns isomorphically with all the features of these varieties. Therefore, we can reasonably conclude that the true history of vowel development in these respective varieties is tied to founder eŸects, contact, accommodation, and innovation. A number of speciªc observations can be made on the basis of Figures 5 and 6. First, we may note some diŸerences for the /au/ diphthong. , out as [8}t]) 19 20 Becky Childs, Jeffrey Reaser and Walt Wolfram 300 i u 400 r 500 æ r o r e =i I d o U fr e 600 f r, F1 700 ai.

The inventory includes Cockney English, which has often been cited as having a signiªcant in¶uence on Bahamian English (Wells 1982) and some American English and Caribbean varieties. Although it is premature to draw deªnite conclusions about the role these dialect forms may have played in shaping the dialects of the Bahamas, some variants do suggest the possibility of a historical a¹nity to some of the varieties that were brought to the Bahamas and in¶uenced Bahamian speech following the American Revolutionary War.

One of the most interesting variants is [%]. Both Cherokee Sound and Sandy Point speakers show a backed variant of [%] that is rounded, realized roughly as [f]. 5 It is, Defining ethnic varieties in the Bahamas however, found (of places cited as possible sources for Bahamian English) in the Low Country of South Carolina and Georgia (Thomas 2001). Although the origin of this variant is questionable, it is clearly dissimilar to the lowered variant that is found in British Cockney and some other varieties of English in the British Isles.

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