Keisha, agreed. I was just intersted cause I heard Karifuna or gurifuan might be used to fill the gaps of the taino language. I know taino had mayan words too. I am thinking those two other languages dont becuase as you say its very arawaken influenced. I have no dought that many indigenous languages had to used european words for things that were lacking or or not invented before. Like car, airlplanes etc etc.................. Thanx for the info.
Keisha, I have a question. Do you know how much of the Karifuna and Garifuna is indigenous?. Percentage wise? I heard that both these languages have english, spanish and other mixed with it. But I heard one of them is 75% ameridians and that it will probably be used to revive the taino language.
Remember me - we had some contact a while ago. I can see you're in Arizona now?
I have been involved in a linguistic project with my work with foreign doctors here in Sweden, and the important impact languages actually have for communication. I am primarily a social anthropologist, and as such my focus is on culture and the interaction between people, but one can never ignore the impact of languages as a tool or and obstacle for communication, right? And I must say that the more I learn from the linguistic field, the more interesting it gets!
You said earlier that you were working on a language manual/lexicon of the "Carib/Garifuna" language. How is that work going?
Hi Keisha -- sorry to be a pest, it's for a good cause. Have you you checked your private mail in here? If you're not interested in the idea, that's alright, otherwise it would be great to have you contribute to public outreach and education.
I heard you were moving on to the PhD soon, is that true? If so, what fantastic news, pretty soon I will be forced to call you Dr. Josephs and bow slightly as you pass. I think that in the next 10 years there will be more Tainos, Caribs, Garifunas with advanced degrees so that, like we see online now, the non-native anthropologist speaking for/about these peoples will become increasingly outmoded. Which leaves me with one question: Where do I go for early retirement?