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ERIC Number: ED367179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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What's In a Name: An Awakening of the Haitian Linguistic Consciousness (An Argument for Haitian as the Native Language of Haitians).
Previllon, Jean
The use of the term "Creole" to refer to the Haitian language is discussed, and it is argued that "Haitian" is a more appropriate term. Psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic functions of the term are examined, including its etymological and usage history and images associated with its application in a variety of locations and cultural contexts around the world. The debate over whether Creole is a non-standard dialect of another, usually dominant European language or is a language in and of itself is examined briefly, and further formal analysis of the non-European origins of Creoles is recommended. Haitian Creole is seen as belonging to a family of Afro-centric Creole languages deserving of further study, rather than as a "poor relative" of French. It is proposed that linguistically, the most consistent approach is to view the modern indigenous language of Haiti as Haitian, having a status as a language equal to that of common European languages. Official acceptance of this status and terminology, including an amendment to the constitution, and its incorporation into the educational system are urged. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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