Above the past ninety yrs or so, Jamaican ‘patwa’has step by step grow to be a authentic, even respectable language. Which is the essence of the thesis argued in the 2020 Philip Sherlock Lecture by educator and theatre practitioner Carolyn Allen past Wednesday.

Given at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Inventive Arts (PSCCA), UWI, Mona, it was conceived as a reaction to historian and poet Edward Kamau Brathwaite’s 1984 lecture ‘History of the Voice: the Enhancement of Nation Language in anglophone Caribbean’.

Allen grew up as a speaker of regular English, with mom and dad who been given teachers’

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