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The Jamaican Language Unit at The UWI celebrates 15 years

Published:Thursday | October 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican Language Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is hosting the Third Cassidy-LePage Distinguished Lecture to mark its 15th anniversary.

The lecture takes place today, International Creole Day.

Professor Carolyn Cooper will speak on the topic, 'Disguise Up De English Language: Louise Bennett's Anansi Poetics'.

The lecture takes place in the Faculty of Law at the UWI at 7:15 p.m. in Lecture Room 1A.

The public is invited to attend.

Frederic Cassidy and Robert Le Page teamed up in the 1950s and 1960s to produce the Dictionary of Jamaican English. They stand out as the earliest scholars to treat the popular speech forms of Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean as having structure and integrity and not simply broken forms of European languages such as English.

Cassidy, who is originally Jamaican, developed a consistent way of writing the Jamaican language, which came to be known as the Cassidy Orthography. It was used in the Dictionary of Jamaican English and, in a slightly modified form, in the Cassidy-JLU Writing System used in the Bilingual Education Project and the Jamaican Language New Testament of the Bible.