Caribbean Creoles and the Speech Community

  title={Caribbean Creoles and the Speech Community},
  author={Peter L. Patrick},
The notion of the speech community has been one of the key concepts in sociolinguistics since its beginning, and yet at the same time remains one of the least satisfactory. This paper examines data from urban Jamaican Creole to shed light on it, in the process taking into account problems that have been raised by other Caribbean creolists in dealing with what Lawrence Carrington has aptly dubbed ‘Caribbean Sociolinguistic Complexes’ (CSCs, 1992a). 

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