Comfa Religion and Creole Language in a Caribbean Community

Comfa Religion and Creole Language in a Caribbean Community

Number of page: 244
Author: Kean Gibson
Publisher: SUNY Press
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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Through a distinctive blend of description and analysis Kean Gibson examines the Guyanese religion known as “Comfa.” Reflecting the socio-cultural history of Guyana, Comfa shows influences of European and Asian cultures and religions in an essentially African framework. Gibson compares the variation exemplified in Comfa with the Guyanese Creole language and challenges the continuum theory of Creole linguistics, which predicts that the Creole language will evolve to become English. Gibson also explores the implications of both forms of social behavior for the notion of identity in a multicultural community.

About The Author

Kean Gibson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature at the University of the West Indies, Barbados.