On the face of it, the island of Bequia (St Vincent and the Grenadines) is just another Caribbean gem. But its unique patterns of settlement and history make it very special indeed. This book examines what makes Bequia special through the lens of the way people on the island talk. It looks at their distinctive ways of talking, their vocabulary, their ways of pronouncing words, and how they organize their sentences – investigating not only what they share that sets them apart from other speakers of English, but also how they mark regional and social differences on the island itself.
The island of St Christopher, better known as St Kitts, was the first island in the Caribbean to be occupied by people from the British Isles (1623). It was soon followed by Barbados (1627) and Nevis (1628). Since 1983, St Kitts and Nevis have have together formed one of the world's smallest independent states.
An introductory chapter provides basic information about the islands, their main attractions, local activities, and flora and fauna. This is followed by a chapter on their history from the 17th century to date. Most of the remainder of the book is devoted to the special forms of English which developed there, and includes details of how these have changed through time, a selection of texts from the 18th century onwards, and a substantial wordlist containing around 3,000 entries. The book also includes more than 60 illustrations (maps. photos, and paintings), a bibliography, and an index.
This book explores the significance of the semantic domains and word classes to which the Africanisms in a range of Creoles and transplanted European languages belong, as well as seeking to relate the African source languages to what is known of the settlement history of the territories concerned.
This is an information-packed handbook on Norfolk Island located between Australia and New Zealand. It traces the history of the Bounty mutineers from their initial south sea "paradise" through the rapid descent into a murderous hell on Pitcairn Island, followed by a deeply religious period and then relocation to the "near-paradise" of Norfolk Island. The book concentrates on the lives and culture of Norfolk's inhabitants today but demonstrates how much their ancestors' extraordinary past still plays a dominant role in the daily life of their descendants.