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Bryan, Beverley A.
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Language variation and language use among Dominican teachers
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Dominica Country Conference Series
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January 8-10, 2001
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Fort Young, Roseau, Dominica
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Abstract
Investigates the language varieties used by a group of teachers in Dominica and their knowledge of, and attitude towards these varieties in Dominica. The sample consisted of eighty (80) teachers from different parts of the island who were pursuing certification at the local teachers' college. The study showed that the teachers' background reflects much of the variation evident in the country and their use of the varieties suggests positive attitudes towards the vernacular languages. Kweyol is still the language most available, but other varieties such as Dominica Creolised English have increased in use. In the classroom, the study found that English was accepted as the dominant language that every teacher used and wanted to share with their children. Additionally, the other languages of Kokoy and DCE were now more openly recognised. There was, in fact, a kind of diglossia within the classroom with English being reserved for formal, prestige occasions and local languages being employed in informal situations. A high level of language awareness is acknowledged as being needed by teachers in Dominica.....
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