Vincentian Creole

Vincentian creole (VinC) is spoken by natives and residents of St Vincent and the Grenadines, a plural nation located in the southern end of the Caribbean archipelago. Although other varieties of English, ranging from standard Vincentian to a basilectal variety coexist on the islands, locals tend to resort to varieties closer to the basilect in everyday interactions. However, despite its prevalence, for a wide host of Vincentians, Vincentian parlance is broken English or a dialect. In recent years, given the increasing linguistic attention that other varieties of English in the Caribbean region have been attracting, the perception of Vincentian as a bastard language has been changing and the domains of use have increased considerably. VinC is itself, a relatively young language, not more than 300 years old. Indeed, its presence on St Vincent and the Grenadines seems to coincide with the establishment of full scale plantation slavery towards the second half of the eighteenth century.

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