Language Use and West Indian Literary Criticism

Authored by: Hodge Merle

The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature

Print publication date:  June  2011
Online publication date:  June  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415485777
eBook ISBN: 9780203830352
Adobe ISBN: 9781136821745

10.4324/9780203830352.ch45_b

 Download Chapter

 

Abstract

In a number of postcolonial societies there have emerged parallel literary traditions: a literature that utilizes as its medium the European language in place, a legacy of colonization, and another written in indigenous languages that bear no relation to that language. By contrast, West Indian writers have been able to build a single literary tradition which straddles the indigenous language (English-lexicon Creole) and the official language (Standard English), because the two share largely the same vocabulary and are, for the most part, mutually intelligible.

 Cite
Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.