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Caribbean Culture: DIALECT LEXICON – by Dave Martins + Videos

DIALECT LEXICON by Dave Martins- Credits Stabroek News

Dave Martins

Among the many things I discovered after migrating to Toronto in the late 1950s was the value of the Guyanese dialect I had grown up with; something in fact that I had been made to feel ashamed of in my homeland, a condition not unique to me. In Canada, in passing conversation with Canadians, and particularly in later years at a university journalism course, I had learned, in linguistic studies, that our dialect chat was a vibrant, reasoned means of communication, and indeed, in many social encounters, it was often the best way for Guyanese to communicate.      Continue reading

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