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Brown, Enid
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Bibliography of the Dutch- and French-Speaking Caribbean
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Proceedings Title
Caribbean Studies: Bibliographic Access and Resources for the Past, Present, and Future. Papers of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials
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May 23-27, 1998
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Austin, Texas
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SALALM
Date of Publication
2002
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73-91
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Abstract
Examines the bibliography in English of the Dutch-speaking and French-speaking Caribbean. The countries of the Caribbean region, which includes the chain of West Indian islands and the surrounding mainland territories, have been divided into sub-groupings based on their colonial heritage and their language. Thus the territories within the region fit into one of four major language groups-French, Spanish, Dutch, and English-and are also regarded by those who provide information in terms of the language spoken. In comparing bibliographic coverage, in English, for two of these major language groups, historical, geographical, and other factors are highlighted to explain the differences among the groups. The differences are related to the historical experiences of the various islands. Within the English-speaking Caribbean, French and Spanish are taught at most secondary schools and are also offered at degree level at the University of the West Indies. The majority of students, however, apart from those doing the foreign languages, have limited reading competence in another language. Thus the bibliography of works dealing with islands in the non-English groups that are written in English is of particular relevance in the context of meeting the needs of users of the University of the West Indies libraries. For the purpose of this paper, Haiti is excluded from the discussion of the French Caribbean. The French Caribbean territories considered here are French Guiana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Reunion, the lesser dependencies of St. Barthelemy, and half of the island of St. Martin, Marie Galante, La Desirade, and the Isles-des-Saintes.....
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