A blog about language and Linguistics, written by Ben Braithwaite, a linguist at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.


blag, blague1v Talk idly, in a nonserious manner; gossip. See also LIME, OLD TALK. /blag/ (blaguer + E blague ‘pretentious falsehood; humbug; lies’) – gaff, >old talk

(from Lise Winer 2009, Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad and Tobago)



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  1. I’m really glad your initial righteous indignation led you to your two conclusions: that the open dialogue about language issues is crucial to developing awareness about the fundamentals of language (the espousing of inaccuracies and biases by some discussants is all part of the democratic process); and that really, the onus is on the experts (in this case the linguists), to make meaningful contributions to public discourse. Hats off to those who are passionate enough about their field to move beyond the hallowed halls of higher education into the public arena where the rules of engagement are different.

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog and ‘liking’ my review of the Mario Pei book. As a complete layman, I am very fascinated by what you do, and look forward to reading more about linguistics on your blog.

  3. This is a really informative blog. I’ve lived in T&T my entire life until a few years ago and am totally oblivious to some of the issues you raised concerning TTSL and the Deaf community. This however, has always been one of my fascinations and I looking forward to reading more and possibly interacting with you in the future.

  4. Thank you very much for your blog. It is very interesting. I am volunteering at a project called http://www.wikisigns.org It is a web site to create and share sign languages around the world. I think it might interest the deaf signers in Trinidad y Tobago, that way, they could upload the 2 signs for doubles (they look delicious! they reminded me of dal puri, they do in Mauritius https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E-KlzFq-mg). In wikisigns you can vote the signs after uploading.

    Regards! Keep up the good work!

  5. Came across your blog while researching on Trinidad. I enjoyed reading your blog. Very informative and open minded.

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