Wed | Jan 22, 2020

Patois is not the problem

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:14 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

I really liked Dr Alfred Dawes’ tongue-in-cheek Sunday Gleaner column yesterday, ‘The Patois problem’, on the continued push for our Patois to be more formally recognised.

Forget the practicality of engaging with an English-speaking international market. Let us spend precious resources to read and write our ever-evolving heart language that we all already have mastered.

I grew up in the ’70s with poor, working-class parents. I attended government primary school, where I was taught in English and I mastered my studies.

So why formalise Patois? Something else is the problem and I think maybe it’s in the home.

Parents are needed to really and truly parent their children in conversations, manners, social responsibilities and interactions, and the basic reading, writing and arithmetic.

M.J. ANDERSON-WILLIAMS