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date: 30 November 2021

British Black English (patois). 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to the English Language
Author(s):
Tom McArthurTom McArthur, Jacqueline Lam-McArthurJacqueline Lam-McArthur, Lise FontaineLise Fontaine

Any of several varieties of creole English used in the UK by the children of immigrants from the Commonwealth Caribbean since the 1950s. While the older generation often retain their creoles, younger speakers have acquired local varieties of BrE and in some cases a modified variety of their parents’ creole which may emerge during adolescence as an assertion of black identity. Its use is often associated with black youth culture, Rastafarianism, and reggae. Although speakers sometimes call it ... ...

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