The Myth of the Monolingual Haitian Reader: Linguistic Rights and Choices in the Haitian Literary Context

@article{Mnard2014TheMO,
  title={The Myth of the Monolingual Haitian Reader: Linguistic Rights and Choices in the Haitian Literary Context},
  author={Nad{\`e}ve M{\'e}nard},
  journal={Small Axe},
  year={2014},
  volume={18},
  pages={52 - 63}
}
  • Nadève Ménard
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • Small Axe
  • French is usually referred to as an elite language in the context of Haiti. By contrast, Haitian Creole is acknowledged as the language of the people. In this essay, Nadève Ménard argues that it is crucial to move beyond this simplistic paradigm. While the Caribbean is generally celebrated for its multiculturalism, Haitian linguistic plurality tends to be denied outright or disparaged as a characteristic of the exploitative members of the elite. Yet multilingual Haitians include not only those… CONTINUE READING
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