Dictionary of Jamaican English
Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Robert Brock Le Page
University of the West Indies Press, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 509 pages
The method and plan of this dictionary of Jamaican English are basically the same as those of the Oxford English Dictionary, but oral sources have been extensively tapped in addition to detailed coverage of literature published in or about Jamaica since 1655. It contains information about the Caribbean and its dialects, and about Creole languages and general linguistic processes. Entries give the pronounciation, part-of-speach and usage of labels, spelling variants, etymologies and dated citations, as well as definitions. Systematic indexing indicates the extent to which the lexis is shared with other Caribbean countries.
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This book is a classic, a milestone in the study of Caribbean languages and the product of decades of research and hundreds of interviews. The entries are meticulously documented both historically and by area, with variants and explanations. It is in many ways an encyclopedia of Caribbean culture.
Any language changes and moves on, and in certain respects the DJE will now be out of date, but that in no way diminishes its value. This was the first major dictionary of any Caribbean language (and the "95% rubbish" dismissal on this page is way off the mark.)
Preface to the Paperback Edition
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