Jamaican Creole

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  • The roots of Jamaican Creole stretch back of the impact of the British colonists of the 17th and 18th centuries
  • ...and the use of West African slaves to work the sugar plantations in Jamaica
  • The slaves that came into Jamaica would have spoken mostly African Bantu or Kwa languages
  • The language contact that ensued over the centuries shaped the Jamaican Creole form as an English-derived variety
  • After the abolition of slavery in 1833, Jamaica remained under British colonial rule until 1948
  • In the 21st century, most Jamaicans speak a version of Creole with a varying degree of Standard English forms, owing to the prestige of SE
  • In the Creole verb system, different tenses and aspects are shown by adding additional words or particles to the main verb, rather than…

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