Virgin Island Creole Essay

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The U.S. Virgin Islands is predominantly an English speaking island; however the most popular language spoken over the past 400 years has been a Virgin Islands Creole English, as well as Dutch Creole. The U.S. Virgin Islands became an English speaking country in 1917 when the island was formerly the Danish West Indies. Over the years Virgin Islanders have communicated with each other with a dialect some Virgin Islanders call “broken English”, although some scholars call it Creole English. Virgin Islanders have also made up many expressions of wisdom and truth handed them down from earlier generations and are still being used today. The term creole was formed by enslaved Africans whom were unable to communicate with each other and their owners because they were from West Africa and accustomed to different languages. The enslaved Africans created a language with different grammatical structure. They made it creole and it was passed on to the generations as their native tongue. St. Thomas and St. John are the two Danish colonies had a good amount of the European population of mainly Dutch origin. (CITE) When the British occupied the Danish West Indies from 1801 to 1802 and 1807 to 1815 English became the preferred language. Then, was when Virgin Islands Creole became established. Unlike the European island of St. Croix which was mostly English. (CITE) Irish and Scottish origin led African slaves to develop an English based creole as well. By the 19th century the English creole completely replaced the language of Negerhollands and English Creole became the native dialect of St. John and St. Thomas among the Enslaved. (CITE) Whom were brought to work on plantations on the islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke. Where the... ... middle of paper ... ...ill used today which means you will learn sooner or later from your constant mistakes. There are also many proverbs related with culture such as “stone a watah no know when sun hot” which means the ones who are sheltered is unaware of relaity. Another proverb is also “every day numba less” which means a observation and far away the brave music of a distant drum. There are also proverbs still used today in the virgin islands such as “monkey know which tree to climb”, “dutty water can put out fire” and “what yoh does do in the dark must come to light” Many proverbs over the years have still stayed in the virgin and has still be continuously thriving. Virgin Islanders have a significant uniqueness about their dialect as well as their proverbs they have manufactured and created over the years has been and is still continuing to be a big factor in Virgin Islands culture.

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