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Jamaican patois

Creole spoken in Jamaica

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What is Jamaican Patois?

Its history

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Dah language weh yuh proud a,

Weh yuh honour an respec –
Po Mas Charlie, yuh no know se
Dat it spring from dialec!

— Bans a Killin, Louise Bennett

What is Jamaican Patois

Jamaican patois is a creole (a language created by the mixing of diffrent languages) It is based mainly on english but also on West African influences, spoken primarily in Jamaica and among the Jamaican diaspora. A majority of the non-English words in Patois come from the West African Akan language. It is spoken by the majority of Jamaicans as a native language.

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Its history

Patois developed in the 17th century when slaves from West and Central Africa were exposed to, learned, and nativized the vernacular and dialectal forms of English spoken by the slaveholders: British English, Scots, and Hiberno-English.

What is the history of Jamaican patois?

Intelligiblity and expatriation

Jamaican Creole exhibits a gradation between more conservative creole forms that are not significantly mutually intelligible with English, and forms virtually identical to Standard English.


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