Datapoint Jamaican/Social variation: lexicon

It is difficult to provide a definite answer for this feature since Jamaican is already stratified into a continuum of lects which are based on distance to or from English. Those at the bottom of the social ladder tend to have more African-derived lexical items in their speech than those at the top. This can be explained from sociohistorical facts since most of those at the bottom of the socio-economic scale are descendants of enslaved Africans or indentured workers.



Very certain