Jamaican Creole English Language (jam)

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Also Known As: Patois,Panamanian Creole English,Patwa,Quashie Talk,Limón Creole English,Southwestern Caribbean Creole English,Bongo Talk


Jamaican Patois, known locally as Patois (Patwa) or Jamaican, and called Jamaican Creole by linguists, is an English–African creole language spoken primarily in Jamaica and the Jamaican diaspora. It is not to be confused with Jamaican English nor with the Rastafarian use of English. The language developed in the 17th century, when slaves from West and Central Africa were exposed to, learned and nativized the vernacular and dialectal forms of English spoken by their masters: British English and Hiberno English. Jamaican Patois is a post-creole speech continuum (a linguistic continuum)—meaning that the variety of the language closest to the lexifier language (the acrolect) cannot be distinguished systematically from intermediate varieties (collectively referred to as the mesolect) nor even from the most divergent rural varieties (collectively referred to as the basilect). Jamaicans themselves usually refer to their language as patois, a French term without a precise linguistic definition.

Significant Jamaican-speaking communities exist among Jamaican expatriates in Miami, New York City, Toronto, Hartford, Washington, D.C., Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama (in the Caribbean coast), and..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Jamaican Creole English Language Speakers



Main Country: Jamaica
Spoken In:

Regions: Americas

ISO 639-3 Code: jam

Classification Taxonomy

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  Creole Group

    English based Creole Group

      Creole Atlantic English based Group

        Western Atlantic Group

          Jamaican Creole English Language