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Varieties of English in the Caribbean

  1. Shondel Nero

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1258

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Nero, S. 2012. Varieties of English in the Caribbean. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


The varieties of English spoken in the Anglophone Caribbean today reflect the linguistic contributions of the English-speaking explorers and settlers who exported the language from the British homeland to the region in the early 16th century, as well as the range of peoples that have inhabited the region for the past 400 years, either by birth (indigenous Amerindians) or forced transplantation through slavery, indentureship, or both (e.g., Africans from West Africa, Indians from India, etc.).


  • Caribbean English;
  • Caribbean English-based creoles;
  • creole continuum;
  • language variation and change;
  • World Englishes;
  • contact