Kreñòl: A New Language in the Hispaniola?

Lady Carolina Tavárez Varela

Abstract

Scholars from a wide range of disciplines have approached the Hispaniola to study its historical and cultural richness. However, they have not yet addressed the linguistic barriers that impact the economic and social interactions between both countries. This study investigated language interactions of Haitian Creole and Dominican Spanish speakers in the border city of Anse-à-Pitres, Haiti. The study looked at 20 hours of recorded natural speech between Dominican Spanish and Haitian Creole speakers interacting at a market. It was revealed that these speakers used, among other mechanics, a newly emerging pidgin language. This paper explores the meaning that is constructed in this emerging language, which for the purposes of this research, will be called Kreñòl.

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