Bryan, Beverley A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Educational Studies
Jamaican creole: in the process of becoming
Ethnic and Racial Studies
Date of Publication
Questions of attitudes and identity are fore-grounded in this discussion of Jamaican Creole [JC] as a language of the Diaspora. It is presented as a language that challenges the standardizing impulses of modernity, resisting homogeneity in a variable and multi-layered process of change. The article follows the evolutionary path of the language through Africa and the Caribbean to London and America and shows how its speakers see, use and connect through a vernacular that mirrors and embodies the social forces, experienced. The key sites are Jamaica and urban London. Through a review of the literature, documentary analysis, interviews and classroom observations this essay examines the ways in which Jamaican Creole could be said to exemplify the Diasporic predicament and the ways in which it has managed to gain dominance in (a) Caribbean society, (b) the wider movement of the Caribbean Diaspora.....