The Evolution Of The Creole Language In The Caribbean

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Mohammed, (2010) states that the Creole languages used in the Caribbean bear some degree of similarity to each other. For this reason they belong to a language family which is divergent from the one which was supposedly imposed on them, that is, the English Language.
Cassidy (1996) in Mohammed, (2010,p.3) noted that the Creole which is spoken in both Jamaica and Guyana is said to have come from the interface of several European and African Languages. He further pointed out that Guyanese and Jamaican Creoles are a combination of an English Superstrate language and numerous African Languages. Cassidy (1966) in Mohammed, (2010, p.3) further added that the African component could have come from the early slave population which spanned from Senegal southward to Angola with the earliest settlers coming from the Gold Coast-Nigeria region 2. Further echoing this point is Carrington (1977:37) when he related that, “Our Creoles resulted from contact between Africans and Europeans in the context of the slave trade and New World Slave society.” Hence the evolution of Creolese had its genesis as the groups of persons “who did not share the same Language’ sought to communicate with each other. Carrington, (1977:36). The other influences including the Americans, East Indians, West African, Arawakan, Caribbean, and Amerindian languages all contributed to what is known as Creolese.

Creole became the native language of the African population during the Slave Trade. Given that slaves came

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