Re: goody, writing, consciousness etc

Ronald Kephart (rkephart@OSPREY.UNF.EDU)
Sat, 12 Oct 1996 19:16:42 -0400

Thanks for bringing us up to date on Goody, especially. You have a very
important perspective to offer on this subject, given the nature of Bahamian
society, your research focus, and your own status as someone who is a native
participant in this culture. I guess I'm particularly glad to hear from you
since my focus, too, is on Caribbean language (I'm working now on completing a
description of Creole English from Carriacou, Grenada).

A question: when I was in Nassau a few years ago (Society for Caribbean
Linguistics meeting), the use of Creole English was officially prohibited on the
radio (and television?). Is this still the case?

Another question, more personal, and probably stupid also, but the world is
small enough that it's worth a shot: You don't happen to be related to any
Bethel's living in Carriacou or Grenada? I only ask because, by coincidence,
when your message came thru I was transcribing some folklore about snakes they
recorded for me.

Ron Kephart
University of North Florida