Education in the Developing Countries of the Commonwealth

Reports of Research in Education, Volume II

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Language Variation and Language Curriculum Materials

Some of the findings of the work relevant to the morphology and syntax of the speech of Jamaican children are evidenced in Craig (1975) and Roberts (1975). In the latter articles it is shown that some of the basic characteristics of creole speech, such as those described in Beryl Bailey's Jamaican Creole Syntax (Cambridge U.P. 1966) form a background for very complex variation in the speech of school children. In many cases, specific characteristics of creole do not necessarily emerge in the children's language as basilect creole forms, but emerge instead as tendencies that create new language-forms within the continuum that can be observed between creole on the one hand and English on the other.


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