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Richard Nordquist is professor emeritus of rhetoric and English at Georgia Southern University and the author of several university-level grammar and composition textbooks. Examples and Observations "The term Caribbean English is problematic because in a narrow sense it can refer to a dialect of English alone, but in a broader sense it covers English and the many English-based creoles.
Traditionally, Caribbean creoles have been incorrectly classified as dialects of English, but more and more varieties are being recognized as unique languages. And although English is the official language of the area that is sometimes called the Commonwealth Caribbean, only a small number of the people in each country speak what we might consider regionally accented standard English as a native language.
In many Caribbean countries, however, some standard version of mostly British English is the official language and taught in schools. Wadsworth, Loanwords From Guyana and Belize "Whereas Canadian English and Australian English , benefiting from the single land-mass of their respective homelands, can each claim general homogeneity, Caribbean English is a collection of sub-varieties of English distributed.
This is a vocabulary that amounts to hundreds of everyday words known to Guyanese but not to other Caribbeans. University of the West Indies Press, Caribbean English Creole "Analysis has shown that the grammar and phonological rules of Caribbean English Creole can be described as systematically as those of any other language, including English.
Often stigmatized because it is associated with slavery, poverty, lack of schooling, and lower socioeconomic status, Creole may be viewed, even by those who speak it, as inferior to standard English, which is the official language of power and education.
At the same time, however, they may retain some distinctive features of Creole grammar. Pippin,
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