[lg policy] | Dem fi stop tek Patois fi joke!

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Oct 22 11:11:42 EDT 2018


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Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

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CHAKA-CHAKA SPELLING



Pon October 11, 2018, Gleaner put out one article wid dis ya headline, 'PEP
in the universe of Patois'. Mi wonder if di smaddy weh write dat deh
article know seh di 'universe of Patois' big an broad fi true. Fi wi
Jamaican language a ongle one a di nuff-nuff Creole language dem weh people
all over di universe start fi learn from dem deh eena dem mumma belly. More
dan 40 Creole language out deh!

Den *Gleaner *throw word pon Ronnie Thwaites inna di said same article.
Inna 2012, wen Thwaites did a di minister a education eena PNP govament, im
did seh, "The language of employment, of instruction, of professionalism,
the language of world view is the English language, not anything else." Dat
sound like seh a diss im a diss fi wi Jamaican language. It a di "anything
else". An it cyaan use fi teach pikni nutten.

Now dat PNP eena Opposition, Thwaites a change im mouth. Pure politics!
Look wa im write seh eena wan article, 'Language is the problem', weh
Gleaner put out pon October 8: "In Jamaica, the fissure between the command
of Standard English required for PEP and the familiarity of most students
only in Jamaican Creole creates the huge difference in outcomes and
explains much of what we are bemoaning in the exam results." Di problem a
no language. A di hypocrite politician dem!


BIG UP PROF DEVONISH!



A now Thwaites find out seh di pikni dem no understand English to dat? Look
how long di people dem weh study language, all like Prof Hubert Devonish, a
tell govament seh dem ha fi use di pikni dem yard language eena school! Dat
a common sense. Pikni cyaan learn nutten if dem no understand wa teacher a
seh.

A Prof Devonish start up di Jamaican Language Unit (JLU) inna di University
of the West Indies (UWI). An di JLU change over nuff a di primary school
book dem from English to Jamaican. Di pikni dem can learn fi read an write
eena di two language. Proper-proper! Same like whole heap a odder pikni all
over di world weh start off school a use dem yard language. Den dem learn
one next language pon top a dat.

*Gleaner *a force PNP fi stand up fi principle: "Mr Thwaites has made a
substantial political move, having, as his party's spokesman on education,
placed the matter squarely on the agenda. The PNP now has to make clear
whether his statement was a declaration of policy."

Next week Sunday, a International Creole Day. Me want know weh di PNP an di
JLP a go do fi celebrate di day. Pon Thursday, Prof Devonish a go gi one
lecture, 'An Official Language Policy For Jamaica', eena di Neville Hall
Lecture Theatre (N1), 2:30 eena di afternoon. Di public can come. Prof
Devonish a retire from UWI an fi im lecture a di highlight a one conference
weh di Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy a put on pon
Thursday an Friday fi big im up. Nuff rispek due!


PRAPA-PRAPA SPELIN



Pan Aktuoba 11, Gleaner put out wan aatikl wid dis ya edlain, 'PEP in the
universe of Patois'. Mi wanda if di smadi we rait dat de aatikl nuo se di
'universe of Patois' big an braad fi chruu. Fi wi Jamiekan langgwij a ongl
wan a di nof-nof Kriyuol langgwij dem we piipl aal uova di yuunivors staat
fi lorn fram dem de iina dem muma beli. Muor dan faati Kriyuol langgwij out
de!

Den *Gleaner* chruo word pan Ronnie Thwaites ina di sed siem aatikl. Ina
2012, wen Thwaites did a di minista a edikieshan iina PNP govament, im did
se, "The language of employment, of instruction, of professionalism, the
language of world view is the English language, not anything else." Dat
soun laik se a dis im a dis fi wi Jamiekan langgwij. It a di "anything
else". An it kyaahn yuuz fi tiich pikni notn.

Nou dat PNP iina Apazishan, Thwaites a chienj im mout. Pyuur palitiks! Luk
wa im rait se iina wan aatikl, 'Language is the problem', we Gleaner put
out pan Aktuoba 8: "In Jamaica, the fissure between the command of Standard
English required for PEP and the familiarity of most students only in
Jamaican Creole creates the huge difference in outcomes and explains much
of what we are bemoaning in the exam results." Di prablem a no langgwij. A
di ipokrit palitishan dem!


BIG OP PROF DEVONISH!



A nou Thwaites fain out se di pikni dem no andastan Ingglish tu dat? Luk ou
lang di piipl dem we stodi langgwij, aal laik Prof Hubert Devonish, a tel
govament se dem a fi yuuz di pikni dem yaad langgwij iina skuul! Dat a
kaman sens. Pikni kyaahn lorn notn if dem no andastan wa tiicha a se.

A Prof Devonish staat op di Jamaican Language Unit (JLU) ina di University
of the West Indies (UWI). An di JLU chienj uova nof a di praimeri skuul buk
dem fram Ingglish tu Jamiekan. Di pikni dem kyahn lorn fi riid an rait iina
di tuu langgwij. Prapa-prapa! Siem laik uol iip a ada pikni aal uova di
worl we staat aaf skuul a yuuz dem yaad langgwij. Den dem lorn wan neks
langgwij pan tap a dat.

*Gleaner* a fuors PNP fi stan op fi prinsipl: "Mr Thwaites has made a
substantial political move, having, as his party's spokesman on education,
placed the matter squarely on the agenda. The PNP now has to make clear
whether his statement was a declaration of policy."

Neks wiik Sonde a International Creole Day. Mii waahn nuo we di PNP an di
JLP a go du fi selibriet di die. Pan Torsde, Prof Devonish a go gi wan
lekcha, 'An Official Language Policy For Jamaica' iina di Neville Hall
Lecture Theatre (N1), 2:30 iina di aaftanuun. Di poblik kyahn kom. Prof
Devonish a ritaiya fram UWI an fi im lekcha a di ailait a wan kanfrens we
di Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy a put aan pan Torsde
an Fraide fi big im op. Nof rispek juu!

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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