Standard English is the official language of the Bahamas. However, most of the population speaks an English-based dialect. An example of the Bahamian dialect can be found in the following verse from the poem "Islan' Life" by poet and playwright Susan J. Wallace:
Bahamian Poetry by James Catalyn This Thursday, July 10, 2014, The Bahamas will be celebrating it's 41st Independence Day. Here are two poems by James Catalyn, Bahamian Playwright, poet, actor and Cultural icon. Being Bahamian. By. james j. Catalyn ©11th june 2009. I am proud of my heritage.
While British English is the first language of The Bahamas, you’ll also hear accents influenced by various African languages. With a rich history and blend of different cultures, The Bahamas enjoys a dialect that’s truly unique to this part of the world. Here are some commonly used terms and phrases that you might encounter in The Bahamas.
This picture of James Catalyn was taken right after his portrait session for the Bahamian Project. The final portrait images will be unveiled at the Exhibition Opening at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on July 11, 2013.
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The official language of the Bahamas is English. Many people speak an English-based creole language called Bahamian dialect (known simply as "dialect") or "Bahamianese." Laurente Gibbs, a Bahamian writer and actor, was the first to coin the latter name in a poem and has since promoted its usage. Both are used as autoglossonyms.
Bahamian Creole (known as Bahamian dialect or Bahamianese) is an English-based creole language spoken mainly in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. Bahamianese is spoken by both white and black Bahamians, although in slightly different forms. Bahamianese also tends to be more prevalent in certain areas of the Bahamas.
The title of this to most non-Bahamians may sound a bit off. Like why is the word "is" thrown randomly in there. But to a Bahamian, in the midst of a conversation, this is fairly normal. Bahamian dialect has its own set of grammatical rules that we follow. There have even been sociolinguistic studies and…
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What Is a Dialect Poem? Home Art & Literature Literature Poetry Dialect in a poem is a literary tool that refers to the use of language that distinguishes the voice of someone from a unique culture, financial status or social class from others.