Patois Association working to revive dying language
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Parents and grandparents in Trinidad and Tobago used it when they did not want sharp younger ears to listen in on their conversation, as Leisely Maraj reports in this article for Trinidad’s Newsday.
They would be speaking English then break off into strange yet pleasant sounding prattle which left children confused but even more curious about what was being said.
There is less of that these days, not because adults are more comfortable sharing their secrets with their children but because Patois is a dying language throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.
At least one group is hoping to change this. The Association of Patois speakers from Paria (Venezuela) in collaboration with the Venezuelan Government, the Venezuelan Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture, the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation (Trinidad and Tobago) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus recently hosted the Sixth Conference of Patois Speakers of Venezuela and the Caribbean.
The three day event took place at…[Full article HERE]