Barbadian Creole, Bajan Creole (Barbadian English, Bajan English)

Barbadian Creole, Bajan Creole (Barbadian English, Bajan English) is the language of Barbados. Scholars debate whether the Barbadian language is a Creole with major African input or whether it is just another form of English. Irish English and English of south west England have influence the tongue. An African element is part of its composition. The language emphasizes the r or is rhotic. Barbadian Creole is marked by the fullness of the r and use of glottal stops.  First vowels are prominent. Obstruents, meaning originating from the lungs, like consonants p, t, and k are glottalize(cut off) at the end of words. Emphasis is placed on the first ai diphthongs.


Work Cited

Kortmann, Bernd and Schneider, Edgar W. (2004). A Handbook of Varieties of English: A Multi-Media Reference Tool, Volume 1. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 503,504, ISBN 3110175320, 9783110175325

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