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Dread talk : the language of Rastafari
Pollard, Velma.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Barbados : Canoe Press ; Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xv, 117 pages ; 21 cm
The road of the Dread / Lorna Goodison.
Reading Level:
1450 Lexile.
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Central Library PM7874.J3 P65 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Dread Talk examines the effects of Rastafarian language on Creole in other parts of the Carribean, its influence in Jamaican poetry, and its effects on standard Jamaican English. This revised edition includes a new introduction that outlines the changes that have occurred since the book first appeared and a new chapter, "Dread Talk in the Diaspora," that discusses Rastafarian as used in the urban centers of North America and Europe. Pollard provides a wealth of examples of Rastafarian language-use and definitions, explaining how the evolution of these forms derives from the philosophical position of the Rasta speakers: "The socio-political image which the Rastaman has had of himself in a society where lightness of skin, economic status, and social privileges have traditionally gone together must be included in any consideration of Rastafarian words " for the man making the words is a man looking up from under, a man pressed down economically and socially by the establishment."

Table of Contents

Mabrakp. ix
Foreword to the First Editionp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
1 Dread Talk - the Speech of the Rastafari in Jamaicap. 3
Appendix 1 Christ, the Coming Kingp. 17
2 The Social History of Dread Talkp. 18
3 Rastafarian Language in St Lucia and Barbadop. 53
4 Dread Tatk -- the Speech of Rastafari in Modern Jamaican Poetryp. 69
6 Globalization and the Language of Rastafarip. 96
5 The Lexicon of Dread Talk in Standard Jamaican Englishp. 96
Bibliographyp. 111

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