Spelling Jamaican the Jamaican Way

This is a handout explaining the rules of spelling of Patois (patwa), the vernacular English creole spoken by most people in Jamaica. The Jamaican Language Unit of the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. Read the handout.

This handout comes from a project to support the rights of speakers of Patois who may be discriminated against because they don’t use standard English, the language in which services of the state are usually provided.

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