Item description for Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage by Richard Allsopp...
The Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage is the first attempt for over four hundred years to provide an authentic record of current English from the Caribbean archipelago, Guyana and Belize. Drawing its data from a broad range of enquiry through teacher workshops in 22 territories in 18 states, from speech recordings and over 1,000 written sources of Caribbean literature, reference works, magazines, pamphlets and newspapers, the Dictionary surveys a range of over 20,000 words and phrases and includes hundreds of illustrative citations. With a specially designed system of labeling, the Dictionary offers maximum levels of clarity and accessibility. Providing four levels of identification from Creole to Formal, and with labels to denote social or grammatical register, it also gives particular focus to Indic and French Creole loan-words. Etymological and Usage Notes are included, as well as a short supplement listing Caribbean French and Spanish equivalents to Caribbean English items selected from the main work. Covering as it does a large number of independent and non-contiguous states, the Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage is not only an instrument of education wherever Caribbean people live in the world but also a unique contribution to international lexicology and the record of World English.
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Studio: University of the West Indies Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75" Weight: 2.3 lbs.
Release Date Feb 2, 2003
Publisher University of West Indies Press
ISBN 9766401454 ISBN13 9789766401450
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More About Richard Allsopp
Richard Allsopp is Director of the Caribbean Lexicography Project and former Reader in English Language and Linguistics, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.
Richard Allsopp has an academic affiliation as follows - University of the West Indies, Barbados.
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A brilliant illumination of Caribbean English Mar 31, 1999
Professor Allsop has been working on this volume for a long time, but for those with an interest in language, it was worth the wait.
There are two outstanding features to this dictionary. The first is the most obvious one: the etymology of words used in daily Caribbean life emphasises not just the culturally diverse origin of language in the region (indigeneous, European and African), but the capacity Caribbean people have displayed to come to terms through language with that diversity. The second thing is the wonderful contrast between the erudite and clinical definitions of the words, and the words themselves, which are alive with the musicalness that characterizes Caribbean English.