Jamaican Creole Analysis

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Method In this section, I will juxtapose two "performances" by Bob Marley analysing the syntactical usage of Jamaican Creole in respect to Standard English and then show the results of the comparison of these two performances in the section Results. Data Features of Jamaican Creole. To fully comprehend the analysis in the Appendices, here are some syntactic features of Creole Languages (based from Schneider (2011)). Not all features are listed here, however, the ones made notable in the analysis have been explained. • Copula retention, absence, locative, or equative. The copula is either retained – “Him a go”, left out (absence) “Him go”, locative (in the form of de), or equative (commonly replacing is). • Tense marker. Tense is not marked and has no context (most forms presented in present tense - “woulda make” ‘would have made’. • Negation Marker. No or nah, generally directly before a verb – “You nah understand”. • Polysemic Preposition replacement. As in, the preposition tends to be replaced by a single word covering a range of functions (inna - ‘inside/in the/in/etc.) • Polysemic Personal Pronoun replacement. Personal Pronouns replaced by a singular form covering a range of functions (me – ‘I/my’) • Subject/Verb agreement. “Jah provide the bread” ‘provides’ Jamaican Creole also has differing vocabulary to Standard English. Below are some words of interest used in the analysis. Some of these could also be described as Phonological features, which this paper does not
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