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  1. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    [Tdol's Blog] Jamaican Language

    Jamaican Language



    A few weeks ago, I contacted Leon Robinson from Kingston, Jamaica, who writes a blog called My thoughts...on stuff, and asked him if he would write something about Jamaican English as I have found his blog interesting and wanted to...

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Jamaican Language

    I think you were thinking of the British Black English variant of BEV (Black English Vernacular) - discussed here: CREOLE ENGLISH AND BLACK ENGLISH , whereas what Leon was writing about was the language spoken (and written) in Jamaica. I think BEV has borrowed a lot from that language, but it's not the same; English-born people of Jamaican ancestry talk BBE, but it's not a creole (which is more than Leon's definition, and is properly defined if you go to my link). (And I wish Leon's blog was easier to navigate ).

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    I take the last bit back. I just tried again, and had no problem with his blog this time
    Last edited by BobK; 18-Oct-2006 at 14:35.

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Jamaican Language

    Yes, but it's very fluid and things cross over eassily, so there's a ready influence. I believe that the ubiquitous 'innit' hopped over and stayed.

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