ERIC Number: ED226617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
An Introduction to Liberian English.
Singler, John Victor; And Others
The aim of this text is to introduce Liberian English, which includes the many varieties of English spoken by Liberians, to Peace Corps volunteers. The text is divided into two sections. The first part talks about Liberian English, while the second part uses Liberian English to describe aspects of contemporary Liberian culture. Part one contains discussions of the histories, varieties, pronunciation, and grammar of Liberian English. Where possible, differences from variety to variety of Liberian English with regard to pronunciation and grammar are noted. Part two of the text concentrates on "mainstream" Liberian English (referred to as vernacular Liberian English), particularly as it is spoken in Monrovia. Emphasis is on understanding the type of English widely used in informal contexts by people who have gone to Western schools. The aim of the text is to facilitate volunteers' understanding of the language; there is no emphasis on learning to speak the language because of the Liberian attitudes toward varieties of Liberian English other than Liberian Standard English. (NCR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Peace Corps, Washington, DC.; Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. African Studies Center.
Identifiers: English (Liberian); Liberia