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A Grammar of Belizean Creole

Compilations from Two Existing United States Dialects

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Laurie A. Greene

In New Orleans and the boroughs of New York City, varieties of Belizean Creole are spoken within immigrant communities. This text provides a grammatical description and comparison of these two expatriate varieties of the Caribbean Creole language, Belizean Creole. The grammar is unusual in that it incorporates cultural and social variables in the formal grammatical analysis, describing linguistic «performance» as well as communal «competence.» Two appendices are included containing an abridged Belizean Creole-English dictionary and a group of sample dialogues that have been phonetically transcribed and translated.