The Haitian Creole Language: History, Structure, Use, and Educationby Arthur K. Spears
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The Haitian Creole Language is the first book that deals broadly with a language that has too long lived in the shadow of French. With chapters contributed by the leading scholars in the study of Creole, it provides information on this language's history; structure; and use in education, literature, and social interaction. Although spoken by virtually all Haitians, Creole was recognized as the co-official language of Haiti only a little over twenty years ago. The Haitian Creole Language provides essential information for professionals, other service providers, and Creole speakers who are interested in furthering the use of Creole in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. Increased language competencies would greatly promote the education of Creole speakers and their participation in the social and political life of their countries of residence. This book is an indispensable tool for those seeking knowledge about the centrality of language in the affairs of Haiti, its people, and its diaspora.
Meet the Author
Arthur K. Spears is professor and chair of the Anthropology Department and director of the Black Studies Program at The City College of The City University of New York (CUNY). He is professor of linguistics and anthropology at The Graduate Center (CUNY).
Carole M. Berotte Joseph is president/CEO of Massachusetts Bay Community College.
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