Module 2: Language and Community

 Module 2: Language and Community Composition


The Western Indies coincides with the following territories in the Commonwealth Carribbean: Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, Grenada, St . Lucia, St . Vincent, Dominica, Antigua, St . Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla and Montserrat.

(a) Differentiation between ‘language' (generic) and ‘a language' (individual).

Vocabulary is a great ability which will every usual human being provides and that allows him not only to get in touch with other human beings but also with himself. That facilitates the indication of suggestions, emotions and desires via individual to individual. It is external in the form of sound and emblems and internal as mental activity. ‘West Indians and the Language' means West Indians and their ability to communicate concepts, emotions and desires and the ability to believe.

A Language refers to one particular recognisable, recognizable language used by one or more areas of speakers. Recognition of the language is dependent on linguistic similarities and it is dependent on cultural and famous identity.

(b) Variation (changes in language in response to various influences, for instance , social, geographic, individual, group factors).

The introduction of the language in the West Indies has been completely completely outclassed by the structure of the contemporary society, which in turn continues to be dominated simply by slavery, the plantation system and more just lately by politics independence.

Factors that militate (have force or effect) against balance and homogeneous language advancement:

1 . An increased mortality rate in all industries of the populace.

2 . Imported labour

a few. Changes in colonial administration in most territories

5. Attempts at revolt and escape

5. Post-emancipation increase in migration between territories

6th. The post-emancipation influx of new arrivals by Asia.

The rigid interpersonal structure has produced dialect differences between all Western world Indian Areas.

1 . Barbados and Jamaica:

• Under British Colonial time Rule

• Influence of English Language

• Much greater dependence in Jamaica on the importation of new Africans, especially in the overdue slave period. • In Jamaica, you will discover more vocabulary varieties even more distant from English • In Barbados, there is a spectrum of terminology varieties related to the The english language Language

installment payments on your Trinidad and Guyana:

• It absolutely was the early nineteenth century that was the essential period of development of vocabulary in both equally countries. • It was through the early 19th century that there were significant demographic distinctions between the two countries.


• Has a significant increase in populace as a result of (1) turmoil in the French Globe, (2) the French Caribbean (French Revolution, Haitian Revolution) • 19th hundred years Trinidad was linguistically and culturally even more French than English although it was British. • All-natural resources became economically and strategically more important – English and American presence grew, many migrant workers from The english language speaking Caribbean territories. • The French and French speaking Creole terrain became and English and English Creole speaking area.


• Simply no sudden and big increase in the people before the East Indians arrived the late 19th and 20th hundreds of years. • The majority of the population that lives over the coast in addition to towns grew gradually by simply natural boost and by migration from Barbados and other Caribbean territories- English Creole speaking areas. • Linguistically Guyana is British dominated, with all the current other impacts being little.

3. St . Lucia, Dominica, Grenada:

• They all changed hands between the People from france and the Uk before finally becoming British at about the beginning of the nineteenth century.


• Historically has better ties with Trinidad.

• There is more similarity in linguistic creation between Trinidad and Grenada • Decrease in France Creole with an increase in English....