Review: Allsopp, J. & Jennings, Z. (eds.) Language Education in the Caribbean: Selected Articles by Dennis Craig. Jamaica, Barbados & Trinidad and Tobago: University of the West Indies Press

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dc.contributor.author Migge, Bettina
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-13T17:13:52Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-13T17:13:52Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation New West Indian Guide en
dc.identifier.issn 1382-2373
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7367
dc.description.abstract Language Education in the Caribbean opens with a preface highlighting Craig’s proactive social engagement through a discussion of his popular Viewpoint columns written for the Guyana Broadcasting Company and an introduction outlining the main concerns of his academic publications. It then reprints four of his articles dealing with the socio-linguistic context of the English-official Caribbean and four focusing on effective teaching and learning policies and approaches for this context. With respect to the first issue, Craig echoes the creole continuum perspective and argues that the English-official Caribbean is characterized by variation between Standard English and local creoles resulting from creole speakers’ “striving for social status through English” (p. 17) and inappropriate teaching methods. This has given rise to a third system, the “interaction area” (p. 17) or the mesolect(s); children from creole dominant homes mistakenly equate it with English and thus face problems in school where Standard English norms are enforced. Craig argues that all three varieties share the same conceptual base but make use of different grammatical principles and lexical forms to express it. The creole and creole-influenced varieties (or mesolects) mostly share the same grammar and mainly differ on the lexical level. Thus shifting simply entails substituting English-like lexical forms for creole ones. However, since there are significant structural differences between the creole and English forms, acquisition of English requires learning of a set of new procedures, rules, and principles. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Brill Academic Publishers en
dc.subject Creoles en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Caribbean en
dc.title Review: Allsopp, J. & Jennings, Z. (eds.) Language Education in the Caribbean: Selected Articles by Dennis Craig. Jamaica, Barbados & Trinidad and Tobago: University of the West Indies Press en
dc.type Review en
dc.internal.authorcontactother bettinamigge@ucd.ie
dc.internal.webversions http://www.brill.com/publications/journals/new-west-indian-guide-nieuwe-west-indische-gids
dc.internal.webversions http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/22134360
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 90 en
dc.identifier.issue 3 and 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 395
dc.identifier.endpage 398
dc.identifier.doi 10.1163/22134360-09003052
dc.neeo.contributor Migge|Bettina|aut|
dc.internal.rmsid 551782411
dc.date.updated 2015-12-16T00:25:42Z


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