Education in Developing Countries of the Commonwealth

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Social Class, Language and Communication in Jamaican Children

Standard Jamaican English used by the educated native Jamaican of the upper class though internationally understood and acceptable is different from standard British, American or Australian. However, there is a wide range of variation between it and the “dialect” or Jamaican Creole spoken by the majority of Jamaican in the lower socio-economic sectors. Hence, children from the lower social class use a language system, and socio - cultural norms significantly different from that used by their upper class counterparts.


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