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    English in the West Indies, or the West Indies in English?

    J. L. Dillard
    The English of the West Indies, like the other languages of the area, shows many resemblances to the language patterns of Negroes in other parts of the New World. There have been many controversies over this matter, with many linguists, especially dialect geographers, inclined to deny West African influence upon anything inside continental North America except for Gullah (Georgia and South Carolina sea islands) and the French Creole of Louisiana. Others, like Lorenzo Turner, who conclusively disproved the widely held belief that Gullah was an amalgam of archaic features from the British Isles, have substantiated the thesis of the anthropologist Melville J. Herskovits that the culture, including the language, of Negroes from Suriname to Michigan retains many traces of African patterns. And, since the recent death of the Haitian philologist Jules Faine, no one has seriously denied resemblances among the Caribbean dialects.

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    Summer 1964 Issue


    Janet A. Emig, James T. Fleming, Helen M. Popp
    Three Processes in the Child's Acquisition of Syntax
    Roger Brown, Ursula Bellugi
    Language Disorders in Childhood
    Eric H. Lenneberg
    Words, Meanings and Concepts
    John B. Carroll
    Language and the School Child
    Martin Joos
    Mencken Revisited
    Raven I. McDavid, Jr.
    Geography and the American Language
    Louis A. Muinzer
    Underlying and Superficial Linguistic Structure
    Paul M. Postal
    What Grammar?
    H. A. Gleason, Jr.
    Around the Edge of Language
    Dwight L. Bolinger
    The Use of English in World Literatures: INTRODUCTION
    The Language of African Literature
    Ezekiel Mphahlele
    The Use of English in Australian Literature
    Arthur Delbridge
    English in the West Indies, or the West Indies in English?
    J. L. Dillard
    Indian Writing in English
    P. Lal
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