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Nation language

Index Nation language

"Nation language" is the term coined by scholar and poet Kamau BrathwaiteMcArthur, Tom, In the words of Kamau Brathwaite, who is considered the authority of note on nation language and a key exemplar of its use: We in the Caribbean have a kind of plurality: we have English, which is the imposed language on much of the archipelago. [1]

28 relations: African diaspora, Édouard Glissant, Caribbean, Creole language, Dialect, Dutch language, E. A. Markham, English language, English-based creole languages, French language, Geoffrey Chaucer, Jamaican Patois, Jean "Binta" Breeze, John Agard, John Figueroa, Kamau Brathwaite, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Louise Bennett-Coverley, Marc Matthews, Martinique, Mervyn Morris, New Beacon Books, New Day (novel), Ralph Thompson (poet), Sam Selvon, Spanglish, Spanish language, Victor Stafford Reid.

African diaspora

The African diaspora consists of the worldwide collection of communities descended from Africa's peoples, predominantly in the Americas.

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Édouard Glissant

Édouard Glissant (21 September 1928 – 3 February 2011) was a French writer, poet, philosopher, and literary critic from Martinique.

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The Caribbean is a region that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (some surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and some bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean) and the surrounding coasts.

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Creole language

A creole language, or simply creole, is a stable natural language developed from a mixture of different languages at a fairly sudden point in time: often, a pidgin transitioned into a full, native language.

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The term dialect (from Latin,, from the Ancient Greek word,, "discourse", from,, "through" and,, "I speak") is used in two distinct ways to refer to two different types of linguistic phenomena.

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Dutch language

The Dutch language is a West Germanic language, spoken by around 23 million people as a first language (including the population of the Netherlands where it is the official language, and about sixty percent of Belgium where it is one of the three official languages) and by another 5 million as a second language.

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E. A. Markham

Edward Archibald "Archie" Markham FRSL (1 October 1939 – 23 March 2008) was a Montserratian poet, playwright, novelist and academic.

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English language

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.

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English-based creole languages

An English-based creole language (often shortened to English creole) is a creole language derived from the English language, for which English is the lexifier.

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French language

French (le français or la langue française) is a Romance language of the Indo-European family.

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Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – 25 October 1400), known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages.

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Jamaican Patois

Jamaican Patois, known locally as Patois (Patwa or Patwah) and called Jamaican Creole by linguists, is an English-based creole language with West African influences (a majority of loan words of Akan origin) spoken primarily in Jamaica and the Jamaican diaspora; it is spoken by the majority of Jamaicans as a native language.

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Jean "Binta" Breeze

Jean "Binta" Breeze MBE (born 1957) is a Jamaican dub poet and storyteller.

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John Agard

John Agard (born 21 June 1949 in British Guiana) is an Afro-Guyanese playwright, poet and children's writer, now living in Britain.

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John Figueroa

John Joseph Maria Figueroa (4 August 1920 – 5 March 1999) was a Jamaican poet and educator.

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Kamau Brathwaite

Edward Kamau Brathwaite (born 11 May 1930) is a Barbadian poet and academic, widely considered one of the major voices in the Caribbean literary canon.

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Linton Kwesi Johnson

Linton Kwesi Johnson (aka LKJ, born 24 August 1952) is a Jamaican dub poet who has long been based in the UK.

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Louise Bennett-Coverley

Louise Simone Bennett-Coverley or Miss Lou, OM, OJ, MBE (7 September 1919 – 26 July 2006), was a Jamaican poet, folklorist, writer, and educator.

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Marc Matthews

Marc Matthews is an award-winning Guyanese writer, actor, broadcaster and producer.

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Martinique is an insular region of France located in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area of and a population of 385,551 inhabitants as of January 2013.

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Mervyn Morris

Mervyn Eustace Morris OM (Jamaica) (born 21 February 1937) is a poet and professor emeritus at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

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New Beacon Books

New Beacon Books is a British publishing house, bookshop, and international book service that specialized in Black British, Caribbean, African, African-American and Asian literature.

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New Day (novel)

New Day is a 1949 book by Jamaican author V. S. Reid.

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Ralph Thompson (poet)

Ralph Thompson (born 1928), is a Jamaican businessman, educational activist, artist and poet.

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Sam Selvon

Samuel "Sam" Selvon (20 May 1923 – 16 April 1994), Encyclopædia Britannica.

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Spanglish (a portmanteau of the words "Spanish" and "English") is a name sometimes given to various contact dialects, pidgins, or creole languages that result from interaction between Spanish and English used by people who speak both languages or parts of both languages, mainly in the United States.

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Spanish language

Spanish or Castilian, is a Western Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers in Latin America and Spain.

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Victor Stafford Reid

Victor Stafford Reid (1 May 1913 - 25 August 1987) was a Jamaican writer born in Kingston, Jamaica, who wrote with an intent of influencing the younger generations.

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