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date: 19 November 2019

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This chapter provides a linguistic description of the English varieties found in the anglophone Caribbean. It briefly reviews major socio-historical processes involved in Creole genesis and in the emergence of local standard Englishes in this region, with a focus on the concept of the Creole language continuum. The linguistic overview includes phonological and morphosyntactic features which have been described as being typical of standard and nonstandard varieties of Caribbean English. The emphasis is placed on the breadth of linguistic diversity that exists within ‘the standard to nonstandard English’ range of the continuum (i.e., varieties furthest away from basilectal Creoles), while recognizing the complexity of the linguistic overlap between these varieties on the continuum.

Keywords: English, anglophone Caribbean, Caribbean Englishes, standard English varieties, nonstandard English varieties, phonological, morphosyntactic, Creole language continuum

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