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Author Patrick, Peter L.

Title Urban Jamaican creole : variation in the mesolect / Peter L. Patrick
Published Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : J. Benjamins Pub., [1999]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 329 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Varieties of English around the world. General series ; v. 17
Varieties of English around the world. General series ; v. 17
Contents URBAN JAMAICAN CREOLE; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of Tables; List of Figures; List of Maps; Acknowledgments; CHAPTER 1 Introduction; CHAPTER 2 The Urban Speech Community of Kingston, Jamaica; CHAPTER 3 Field Methods and Data Analysis; CHAPTER 4 Phonolexical Variation: Palatal Glides; CHAPTER 5 Phonological Variation: Consonant Cluster Simplification; CHAPTER 6 Creole Pre-Verbal Past-Markers; CHAPTER 7 Past-Marking by Verb Inflection; CHAPTER 8 Social Variation in the Veeton Speech Community; References; Index of Language Varieties
Summary A synchronic sociolinguistic study of Jamaican Creole (JC) as spoken in urban Kingston, this work uses variationist methods to closely investigate two key concepts of Atlantic Creole studies: the mesolect, and the creole continuum. One major concern is to describe how linguistic variation patterns with social influences. Is there a linguistic continuum? How does it correlate with social factors? The complex organization of an urbanizing Caribbean society and the highly variable nature of mesolectal speech norms and behavior present a challenge to sociolinguistic variation theory. The second chi
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-320) and indexes
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Subject Creole dialects, English -- Variation -- Jamaica.
Urban dialects -- Jamaica -- Kingston.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 99013046
ISBN 155619448X (alk. paper)
902729853X (electronic bk.)
9781556194481 (alk. paper)
9789027298539 (electronic bk.)