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BHS October talk: Anne Lawlor on “Language Migrations: Roots of Bahamian Vernacular”
By Jim Lawlor, BHS
Oct 18, 2013 - 9:57:06 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Historical Society will hold their next talk on Thursday, 24th October at 6pm at the BHS museaum. The speaker is Anne Lawlor who will talk on “Language Migrations: Roots of Bahamian Vernacular.”

Most studies that have looked at the origins of Bahamian Creole English (the vernacular) have focused on the creolized variety imported by the arrival of the Loyalist slaves especially those who inhabited the more remote southern islands in The Bahamas, and without a doubt we have to look at imported Gullah from the Sea Islands as a significant influence on the evolution of what today is called Bahamian Creole English.  But what we are continually leaving out of the equation is the historical fact that since early settlement we have had waves of people from Africa, some slave and some free who have created creolizing tempos in the establishment of Bahamian Creole English before and after the Loyalists.

Florence Laura Anne (Albury) Lawlor
was  born in Montreal while her father, Paul Albury,  was studying dentistry there. She was  educated at St Andrews School and then  went to study English and French at McGill  University. After completing a Post Graduate  Diploma in Education at the University of  London, she travelled to Spain where she  studied Spanish and taught English as a  second language. On her return to The  Bahamas she taught at St Andrews School  and then College of The Bahamas. She  received a Commonwealth Scholarship to  study a MA in Linguistics at the University of  London. Anne and her husband Jim Lawlor  co-authored The Harbour Island Story and an  update to The Paradise Island Story by Paul  Albury.

The Bahamas Historical Society (BHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating interest in Bahamian History and to the collection and preservation of material relating thereto. Its Headquarters, the former IODE Hall, was a gift from the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE). BHS is on Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue in Nassau. www.bahamashistoricalsociety. com

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