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The ICE Jamaica corpus is now available for academic research.

The Jamaican ICE corpus is coordinated by 

Professor Dr Christian Mair
Englisches Seminar Albert-Ludwigs-Universität
Postfach Werthmannplatz
D-79085 Freiburg
Germany

Email: mairch@ruf.uni-freiburg.de
 

Dr K. Shields-Brodber
Department of Language, Linguistics, & Philosophy
University of the West Indies
Mona
Kingston 7
Jamaica

Email: kbrodber@uwimona.edu.jm
 

Prof. Dr. Hubert Devonish
Department of Language, Linguistics, & Philosophy 
University of the West Indies
Mona
Kingston 7
Jamaica

Email: devonish@uwimona.edu.jm
 

Project Website with sound files
Click here
 

Listen to Jamaican English
A selection of sound files from the corpus
 

 

In linguistic terms, standard Jamaican English occupies a position in between native new Englishes (eg. New Zealand, Canada) and official or second-language varieties (eg. India, Singapore). The standard variety has emerged on the basis of a British colonial past, a strong American influence in the present, and a vibrant local linguistic heritage. Population: c.2.6 million.

Reading
Holm, J. A. English in the Caribbean. In  Burchfield, R.W. (ed.) The Cambridge History of the English Language Vol. 5. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 328-381
Lawton, D.L. (1984) English in the Caribbean. In  Bailey, R.W. and M. Görlach (eds) English as a World Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp.251-280.

Links

Online Newspapers

Jamaica Gleaner
Jamaica Observer
Online Radio Stations
Radio Jamaica

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