Why do you say that jamaicans speak creole?

by Ann
(Florida, USA)


Why do you say that Jamaicans speak creole?

It is not true because I am Jamaican and I know that that is not true, so please get your facts straight.

ANSWER: by Wellesley Gayle March 18, 2010

Hi Ann,

I grabbed the opportunity to check on it and I found this from Encyclopedia.com:

"In general, a Creole language is a defined and stable language that arises from long-standing contact between two or more distinct languages. Prior to “creolization,” a rudimentary contact language is known as a pidgin. Typically, with Creole languages there are many distinctive features that do not derive from any of the parent tongues."
source: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3045300483.html

Wikipedia simplifies it further stating that:

"A creole language, or simply a creole, is a stable language that originated from a mixture of various languages.

The vocabulary of a creole language consists of cognates from the parent languages, though there are often clear phonetic and semantic shifts. On the other hand, the grammar often has original features but may differ substantially from those of the parent languages."
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creole_language.

And clearly, the unique blend of European, African and Asian cultures and languages has greatly influenced our now "Jamaican" language, which by the way, is something we should be very proud about.


Yes we do speak Creole.
In fact, although the majority of Jamaicans perhaps can, and do, speak English perfectly, we use, and are probably more comfortable with using the creole version in our informal and casual associations.

Having said that, I learned about a huge interest to formalize this 'creole' and make it our official language; I remember hearing Mutabaruka on the radio speaking to that sometime ago. Let's wait and see how that goes.

Make sure you read the History of Jamaica for a little background.

I hope the clarification helps. Stay in touch.

Related Pages:

Jamaican Culture
Our Jamaica Blog
Search the Site
Our Forums.
And even more...Search Here
Share this Page

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to JamaicaQuestions.

Like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/myislandjamaica
Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/myislandjamaica

Articles You Might Have Missed...

Thanks For Reading!
Like What You Just Read?

Please join me in my effort to share the beauty and uniqueness of Jamaica with the world. You can do so by sharing this insightful narrative on the social media of your choice and ask others to do the same (BELOW). 

Need Help?

We have a cherry list of top Jamaican companies that might be able to help you. Please click here to see them, our preferred partners and site sponsors.

Get Exclusive Updates & Tips!

You are also welcome to join my special friends list and receive exclusive updates (like this), tips, trivia and stories from lovers of Jamaica!

facts about jamaica book icon

I'll Gift You A FREE COPY of my eBook, 101 Intriguing Facts About Jamaica - just for subscribing!

Just enter your email & name below:

Top Of Page
Wellesley Gayle
What's New? Click Here to read.

I've created a Welcome Audio.

Just click the Play button below to listen.

Please subscribe here


Site Sponsors


Our Preferred Sponsors (below)

(Our Sponsorship Policy)

Jamaica Tours And Vacations
Jamaica Discovery Tours
Jamaican Souvenirs
Best Jamaican Souvenirs Cars For Sale In Jamaica
Cars For Sale

Click Here to Visit Our Sponsors' Page

What's New?

Below is a list of the very latest articles I posted on the site.

Recent Articles

  1. Work at home Jobs - Important Warning For Those Looking To Work From Home !

    Oct 22, 16 08:09 PM

    Looking for a work at home business opportunities? Good for you, but Wait! not so fast, you'll need to know a few things BEFORE you start

    Read More

  2. Jamaica teas - Much more delicious!

    Oct 16, 16 01:49 PM

    Editorial: Jamaican teas are the best Published October 16, 2016 I have two large flower pot with fever grass growing, here in America they called it

    Read More

  3. Jamaican Bush Teas - Oldie But (Still) Goodie

    Oct 15, 16 02:28 PM

    by Wellesley Published January, 2015Aunt V having her favourite Jamaican Tea Last Sunday, I was listening to a particular program on one of our local

    Read More

  4. Jamaican Bush Teas - Which Is Your Favourite?

    Oct 15, 16 12:47 PM

    Love Jamaican bush teas? Is your favourite on this list?

    Read More

Tips & Tricks For Your Jamaica Vacation!

Jamaica Travel Guide

Click Here To Get Your Copy



Friendly Links

  1. Our Partners & Friends
  2. Catcha Falling Star Villas
  3. Wade Hilton Jamaican Author
  4. The Jamaica Real Estate Guide
  5. Medicinal Herbs-4u.com
  6. DancehallReggaeWorld.com
Interested in becoming a partner? email me here

Buy Me A Drink

(Click on the drink below)