The most well-read people speak and write Erudite English.
They impress their knowledge by sound, length of words, many words in Latin and Greek and biblical phrases.
Erudite English is used in biblical and proverbial English ( a proverb: “Out of sight, out of mind” – “Aus den Augen, aus dem Sinn.”).
The Bible has a great influence in the Caribbean. It is a tool of general education. The extensive knowledge of the Bible shows the people of a higher educated level.
British, American and Canadian English have an important influence on the English-speaking countries in the Caribbean.
Rasta English The Rastafarians speak Jamaican Creole. They have a very strong pronunciation.
The speech of Rastafarians reflects the belief system (a combination of African cultural issues, Old Testament of the Bible and elements of Marcus Garvey’ s preaching) of these people.
Standard English StandardEnglish means English without Creole.
The spoken StandardEnglishdiffers in the pitch, stress and general tone from the spoken English in Canada, Great Britain and the United States.
normal: ca-lyp-so (primary stress and high pitch on the second syllable)
typical in Caribbean: ca-lyp-so (primary stress on the first two syllables high pitch on the last syllable)
There are some peculiarities of pronunciation, vocabulary and style in each Caribbean Country.
Guyana: These people speak ainstead of oin words like job – jab, dog – dag, got – gat.
Antigua: There are many similarities between the speech in Antigua and Jamaica.
The Antiguans speak tr as ch.
They change dr in j.
The Antiguans use the word min in the past tense.
You min eat. You ate.