Sunday, July 15, 2012

Barbadian English

Barbaridian English is often called Bajan.  It is a variety of Caribbean English spoken in Barbados.  Though similar to other Caribbean accents, it is nevertheless distinct.

One of the features of Barbadian English which makes it different from other varieties is that it is rhotic.  This means that the r is pronounced in all instances.  For example, the r is maintained in words such as art, finger and word.  This is not the case in other varieties of Caribbean English such as the English of the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago.

Also distinct about the English of Barbados is the extensive use of the glottal stop.  It often replaces a word-final /t/ such as the /t/ of that boy and it.  This pronunciation also occurs in many varieties of British English.

The interdental fricatives have merged with the voiced and voiceless alveolar plosives.  As a result, the words dough and though sound identical.  This is also true for three and tree.

Barbadian English, often called Bajan, is a variety of Caribbean English.  Though most Caribbean English accents are non-rhotic, Barbadian English is not.  It is a rhotic accent which makes extensive use of the glottal stop.  The extensive use of the glottal stop also contrasts with the English of other Caribbean speakers.

1 comment:

dychui said...

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