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A Short Discription of Trinidad English

A Short Discription of Trinidad English

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806007430 Hassan Basarally LANG 6000 1
Name:
Hassan Basarally
ID:
806007430
Course:
LING 6000- Advanced Academic Writing
Assignment:
Examine the data presented in ten (10) consecutive pages of the
 Dictionaryof the English/Creole of Trinidad and Tobago
(ed. Lise Winer, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009). Use the data to develop a comprehensive description of the most significant aspects of the language of Trinidad and Tobago. You may also usethe
 Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage
(ed. Richard Allsopp, Oxford: Oxford UP,1996).
Due:
22/12/09
Lecturer:
Dr. J. S. Ferreira
Semester:
1
Academic Year:
2009/2010
Faculty:
Humanities and Education
Department:
Liberal Arts
University:
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
 
806007430 Hassan Basarally LANG 6000 2
Abstract
Creoles were seen as corrupted languages that required little investigation anddescription. However, there are millions of Creole speakers worldwide and the field of Creolelinguistics is relatively new. There is a small corpus of linguistic data on Trinidad and TobagoEnglish Creole (TTEC) despite it being the first language of the majority of the country. Throughan analysis of the lexicon of TTEC found in two dictionaries of Creole English, the significantaspects of the language were identified. The results showed that TTEC was a complex linguisticsystem, like many other languages, and was unique in its use of functional shift, phonology of vowels and consonants, inflectional system and lexical sources. The ways in which lexiconreflect the characteristics of TTEC mentioned provided insight into how the language developedits word stock and corpus.
 
806007430 Hassan Basarally LANG 6000 3
OutlineTopic:
Examine the data presented in ten (10) consecutive pages of the
 Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad and Tobago
(ed. Lise Winer, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UniversityPress, 2009). Use the data to develop a comprehensive description of the most significant aspectsof the language of Trinidad and Tobago. You may also use the Dictionary of Caribbean EnglishUsage (ed. Richard Allsopp, Oxford: Oxford UP, 1996).
Narrowed Topic:
A comprehensive description of the most significant aspects of the languageof Trinidad and Tobago using the letter ‘P’ in both dictionaries.
Thesis Statement:
Trinidad and Tobago English Creole has distinct morpho-syntactic, phonological and lexical features. The most significant aspects of the language are seen infunctional shift, the extent of inflection, distinct vowels and consonants and a variety of lexicalsources.
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Functional Shift Individual lexical items can function in different wordclasses.Vowels and Consonants Trinidad and Tobago English Creole have consonantcluster reduction in the word final position and distinct phonological features which creates distinct pronunciation.Inflection Trinidad and Tobago English Creole is an analyticlanguage and makes little to no use of inflectionalmorphology.Lexical Sources Trinidad and Tobago’s history of language contact hasresulted in words of different lexical sources. Many of 

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