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A Dictionary of Jamaican English Paperback – January 15, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-9766401276 ISBN-10: 9766401276 Edition: 2 Sub

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: University of the West Indies Press; 2 Sub edition (January 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9766401276
  • ISBN-13: 978-9766401276
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,817,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

This is the second edition of the authoritative Dictionary of Jamaican English, first published in 1967. This edition includes a greatly extended supplement and offers a systematic indexing of the extent to which the lexis is shared with other Caribbean countries: Surinam, Guyana, Trinidad, Barbados, Nicaragua and Belize. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

F.G. Cassidy was a well-known linguist and the chief editor of The Dictionary of American Regional English. R.B. LePage taught at the Universities of the West Indies and York. He is the author of numerous publications, including Creole Language Studies, The National Language Question, and Vernacular Literacy.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harvee L. VINE VOICE on April 9, 2009
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The book is most useful for linguistic
scholars or for those who know some Jamaican patois or creole and want to refresh their memory of certain words or expressions, or want an idea of the African/British/Spanish
origin of the words and use of the words.

I found it quite detailed, a great resource for those wanting to understand the words used in the everyday Jamaican dialect. Most Jamaicans speak and write standard British English but speak informally, conversationally, in the dialect.

An example: "If God spare" means "God willing."

Also, "Grass bottle" means broken bottle glass, which you have to avoid stepping on if it's strewn on the road or lying in the grass.

The second edition of the dictionary was printed in 1980 and reprinted in paperback in 2002. The second edition does not, however, update the dictionary. It is unchanged from the 1980 edition and may not include some current dialect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OnlineCounsellingJamaica on May 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is the seminal work on Jamaican use of English...indispensible to linguists and historians alike with an interest in the culture of the Americas. My copy sits with my most prized books.

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By jason on January 8, 2014
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This book is a real treat. It is a must for your coffee table as it is quite the conversation piece as your guests are able to peruse the Jamaican "patois" terms.

Thumbs up for fast shipping as well.
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