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Cracking the Code: The Confused Traveler's Guide to Liberian English Paperback – July 27, 2012
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Sheppard alerts his audience to the alternate phrasing of verb forms and the often colorful and vivid expressions and sayings speakers have developed in the unique English of Liberia.
Surprisingly, some of the patterns in Liberian English and patterns of French are alike—though their linguistic origins are dramatically different—the dropping of the pronunciation of final consonants of words and the nasalization of preceding vowels in lieu of pronunciation of nasal consonants.
Sheppard raises knowledgeable objections to subtle cultural biases against Liberian English by speakers of Standard English, sending readers to engage Liberians in conversation with a respect for the complex linguistic environment in which Liberian English evolved.
Sheppard cautions his audience that a Liberian who very well knows and takes pride in a fluency in Standard English far from admiring a speaker's fluency in Liberian English may think that a speaker who chooses to speak in the vernacular views the Liberian as an unsophisticated rube and is "talking down"—an insult.
A wonderful and valuable little book from Sheppard that indeed gives readers the means to "crack the code" of Liberian English.
He obviously has invested many years immersing in the culture and language.
It is a great guide for anyone who wants to learn this unique dialect of English and find out why things are the way they are in Liberia.
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I know it will be good in my "non lending" library.
Looking forward to enjoying reading it from cover to cover.