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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 … Continue reading

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Jamaican English

This article looks at Jamaican English, a variety of English used widely in education, the government, media, and official communication in Jamaica, that is grammatical similar to standard English. It compares it to Jamaican Patois, a Creole that is spoken … Continue reading

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Jamaican Patois

Jamaican Patois, known locally as Patois (Patwa) or Jamaican, and called Jamaican Creole by linguists, is an English-lexified creole language with West African influences spoken primarily in Jamaica and the Jamaican diaspora. It is not to be confused with Jamaican English nor with the Rastafarian use of English. The language developed in the 17th century, … Continue reading

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