Creole, Creolish: Regionalisms in Haitian Creole (Pale moun nan Nò ak pale moun nan Lwès ak Sid)

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Creole, Creolish: Regionalisms in Haitian Creole (Pale moun nan Nò ak pale moun nan Lwès ak Sid)

Authors:Yvon Lamour, Sherley Louis, Jean-Robert Duré Placide


Creole, Creolish: Regionalisms in Haitian Creole (Pale moun nan Nò ak pale moun nan Lwès ak Sid) with Prof. Jean-Robert Placide and Prof. Yvon Lamour. Moderated by Ms. Sherley Louis, Ms.Ed. Includes special segments with artist Morel Doucet and Haitian-American lifestyle, tourism, culture, society and entertainment blog L’Union Suite.

Every language has regional dialects. Haitian Creole is also subject to these variations.  In Northern Creole, there are words, phrases, and pronunciations that are different from other regions of Haiti. Haitians in the Southern and Western parts of the country do not have these words in their vocabulary. Sometimes, even the same words have different meanings depending on where they are spoken.

In this panel, we examine this phenomenon and ask: Do these regional variations stem from the linguistic separation that took place after Jean-Jacques Dessalines’s death, when two education systems emerged in Haiti, one in French in the South and the West with Pétion; the other one in English in the North/North-West with Henri Christophe?

Nan tout lang gen dyalèk rejyonal. Kreyòl ayisyen an gen menm varyasyon sa a ladan. Nan kreyòl nò peyi a, gen mo, ekspresyon ak pwononsyayon ki pa menm ak nan lòt rejyon peyi Dayiti. Ayisyen nan pati Sid ak nan pati Lwès peyi an pa genyen mo sa yo nan vokabilè yo. Pafwa menm, menm mo yo pa gen menm siyifikasyon tout kote.

Nan panèl sa a, n ap egzaminen fenomèn sa a epi mande:  Èske varyasyon rejyonal sa a soti nan separasyon lengwistik la apre lanmò Jan Jak Desalin, lè te gen de sistèm edikasyon ki te parèt an Ayiti, youn an Franse nan Sid ak Lwès ak Petion; lòt la nan lang Angle nan pati Nò/Nòdwès la ak Anri Kristòf? 

 

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Yvon Lamour

Yvon Lamour is a recognized leader, and an advocate for the Haitian community, with decades of experience as a guidance counselor, teacher, and Teacher-In-Charge of the Bilingual English Language Acquisition Department and the International Student and Family Center at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Lamour guides students of varied races and ethnicities as they plan for their future. In 1983, following his attendance at the Haitian Creole Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Lamour founded the HCDC-Haitian Creole Development Center for the purpose of conducting language courses and seminars, developing, and disseminating Haitian Creole materials. He has organized teacher trainings in 70+ communities throughout Haiti, and has taught Haitian Creole for Haitians and non-Haitians alike. An author and the recipient of various community awards, he also enjoys a high standing for his never-ending involvement in community affairs related to politics, culture, linguistics, and education. Lamour received his B.S. in English Literature with a minor in ESL-English as a Second Language from University of Massachusetts/Boston, and his M.Ed. and M.S.W. from Boston University.

Yvon Lamour se yon lidè rekoni ak yon defansè kominote ayisyèn nan. Li ki gen plizyè dizèn d ane eksperyans kòm konseye oryantasyon, pwofesè, ak Pwofesè Responsab Depatman Aprantisaj Bileng Lang Angle a (Bilingual English Language Acquisition Department) ak Sant pou Elèv ak Fanmi Entènasyonal la (International Student and Family Center) nan Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, kote Lamour ap gide elèv diferan ras ak etnisite pandan y ap planifye avni yo. An 1983, apre patisipasyon li nan Enstiti Kreyòl Ayisyen an (Haitian Creole Institute) nan Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Lamour te fonde Sant Devlòpman Kreyòl Ayisyen an (HCDC-Haitian Creole Development Center) pou l fè kou ak seminè sou lang, elabore e simaye enfòmasyon an kreyòl ayisyen. Li òganize fòmasyon pou pwofesè nan plis pase 70 Seksyon Kominal nan zòn andeyò Ayiti epi li anseye kreyòl ayisyen pou Ayisyen kou etranje. Li se yon otè ki resevwa diferan pri kominotè, epitou li renome poutèt li pa janm sispann patisipe nan zafè kominotè ki gen pou wè avèk politik, kilti, lengwistik, ak edikasyon. Lamour te resevwa diplòm lisans li nan Literati Angle avèk kòm matyè segondè Angle kòm Dezyèm Lang (ESL-English as a Second Language) nan University of Massachusetts/Boston, epi yon metriz nan edikasyon ak yon metriz nan travay sosyal nan Boston University.

Sherley Louis

Sherley Louis, MS. Ed. is the executive director of Mouvman Kreyòl Institute, the executive director of the International Teaching Academy, and a member of Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc.

Sherley Louis se direktè egzekitif Mouvman Kreyòl Institute, direktè egzekitif International Teaching Academy, e manm Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc.

Jean-Robert Duré Placide

Jean-Robert Duré Placide, a Jacmel native, is a linguist, educator, and lecturer. He started his schooling at République du Libéria, a school administered by Canadian monks located on 1ère Rue Lavaud, Bois-Verna. He completed his studies at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He is currently a faculty member at the Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM). He teaches French, his secondary language, and Creole, his mother tongue. He is a Language Science technician, with special interest in language research in the area of Creole Lexicology which is intertwined with the etymology of African languages. He is an important member of the Canadian section of Sosyete Koukouy, the first literary movement for the Creole language. He has published several academic articles on Creole grammar and vocabulary, on the Potomitan web site, in the Haiti en Marche newspaper and in Pawòl Kreyòl, Sosyete Koukouy’s literary magazine. He has contributed to the writing of several books, such as Yon amenajman lengwistik pou devlopman pèp ayisyen an (2012), which is about language planning for the development of Haitian people.

Jean-Robert Duré Placide, moun Jakmèl, se yon lengwis, yon edikatè, e yon konferansye. Li te koumanse etid klasik li nan lekòl Repiblik Liberya (République du Libéria), lekòl frè kanadyen yo ki te premyè enpas Lavo, Bwa Vèna. Li fini etid klasik li nan Inivèsite Kebèk Monreyal (Université du Québec à Montréal, UQÀM). L ap anseye nan Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM). Li se pwofesè fransè, lang segonn ak kreyòl, lang matènèl. Li se yon teknisyen nan Syans langay (Sciences du langage), li gen yon enterè espesyal pou rechèch lengwistik nan domèn leksikoloji kreyòl ki lyannen ak etimoloji lang Lafrik yo (cf. teyori afwojenetik yo). Okanada, se yon gwo manm Sosyete Koukouy, premye mouvman literè pou lang kreyòl. Li pibliye plizyè atik akademik sou gramè ak leksik lang kreyòl, sou sitwèb Potomitan, nan Haiti en Marche, epitou nan Pawòl Kreyòl: Revi literè Sosyete Koukouy. Li patisipe nan ekriti plizyè liv, tankou paregzanp Yon amenajman lengwistik pou devlopman pèp ayisyen an (2012).

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