Words Unchained: Language and Revolution in Grenada by Chris Searle

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Now time hard an me get ah work in a man lime fill. Ah, ah to work all de time, in hat sun, rain,_thunder an lightning, bush burning me skin an prickle boring me foot an ~still ah foo do am to get ah dollar to buy cigarette to smoke an foo put vittle m me hungry gut. This time me neighbour children them sit down in cool sha~e work an their getting o-toe-toe big money. Their have car, electric stove an b1g house. Them getting them big man girl in all thing their want. When we go an party wid them me drink hot rum and their drink cool beer wid their nice woman.

English m:1:ta~~~e people have the notion that a man who speaks 'stupidness' Th t . mg sense ~nd a fellow who talks Creole must be talking · a IS so unbelievably h ·· . It'shkeacase CitedtomeinStLuci h and because he was na, ere a t Lucian ~reole speaker came into a bank, treated him was far ou~ ~~~ea~er 0 ~ Enghs~ the manner in which the clerk held several thousand d llepmg With the s1ze of the man's account, which English, and he gets first ~ ars. Then someone else comes in speaking money because he hasn'tc ~~s treatll_len~, although his purpose is to borrow gl a cent m his account!

The second phase has a much greater emphasis on professionalisation, as the one-to-one teaching situation of the first phase becomes night class teaching, with over eighty per cent of the voluntary teachers professionals who work in the school system by day. E. work is due very much to the success of the first phase, and the urge to learn and participate that it created amongst the working people - to make the entire country, as Prime Minister Bishop has declared, 'a big and popular school' and forge the consciousness that Grenadians are forever learning.

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