Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage

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Richard Allsopp, Jeannette Allsopp
University of the West Indies Press, 2003 - Reference - 697 pages
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The Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage is the first attempt for over four hundred years to provide an authentic record of current English from the Caribbean archipelago, Guyana and Belize. Drawing its data from a broad range of enquiry through teacher workshops in twenty-two territories in eighteen states, from speech recordings and over one thousand written sources of Caribbean literature, reference works, magazines, pamphlets and newspapers, the Dictionary surveys a range of over twenty thousand words and phrases and with hundreds of illustrative citations. With a specially designed system of labelling, the Dictionary offers maximum levels of clarity and accessibility. Providing four levels of identification from Creole to Formal, and with labels to denote social and grammatical register, it also gives particular focus to Indic and French Creole loan-words, Etymological and Usage Notes are included, as well as a short supplement listing Caribbean French and Spanish equivalents to Caribbean English items selected from the main work. Covering as it does a large number of independent and non-contiguous states, The Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage is not only an instrument of education wherever Caribbean people live in the world but also a unique contribution to international lexicography and the record of World English. "A splendid book." - Frederic G. Cassidy "This is a work by a man who relishes languages for its own sake and who uses it with gusto." - Ian Hancock, University of Texas at Austin

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The def of this word simidimi id completely incorrect!

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Excellent book. Am in particular enjoying the exposition on Caribbean standard English and looking forward to what I hope will be a section on Elizabethan meaning and usage retentions, such as fresh meaning not salty.


Introduction xvii
Caribbean English xxxix
Glossary of Linguistic Terminology Used in
Abbreviations lxix
Pronunciation lxxvi
Territorial References Used in the Supplement

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