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1 Subjective Reaction Test for Kingston, Jamaica developed 1990 by Peter L Patrick

2 Background This was part of a battery of language tests I developed for my PhD research on Jamaican Creole and Jamaican English as spoken in the capital city, Kingston. These tests use local cultural categories and information (regional stereotypes, pastimes, residential areas, jobs, etc.) I administered it in Standard Jamaican English, but spoke at most other times in vernacular Jamaican Creole.

3 Spoken introduction “I've made some recordings of people from different areas and backgrounds talking. “I'm going to ask you to listen to them one by one, and try and judge the people from the way they talk alone. “See if you can guess what kind of job they might hold, where they might come from, and so on. First, the job scale...”

4 Job Scale What’s the best job you think this person could hold? from how they talk. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 TV announcer best best best best best best Office manager – Accounting clerk – Factory foreman – Machine operator – Small shopkeeper – None of the above worst worst worst worst worst worst

5 Regional characteristics Where you think this person was born & came up? Circle a, b, c, or d. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 In the country a a a a a a Down in town b b b b b b Upper St.Andrew c c c c c c Foreigner/abroad d d d d d d

6 Cultural preferences How would this person spend their free time? Circle the best choice: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 DJ, sing w/set a a a a a a Tell Anansi story b b b b b b Uptown to plays c c c c c c Classical music/art d d d d d d

7 Neighborhood residence If they moved to your neighbourhood, where would this person probably live? #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Mountain View a a a a a a Merrion/Langston b b b b b b Eden Gardens c c c c c c Owner or tenant? o/t o/t o/t o/t o/t o/t

8 Compatibility/Solidarity If you met this person, how well would they fit in with you and your friends? #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Definitely Y Y Y Y Y Y Might fit y y y y y y Not sure ? ? ? ? ? ? Might not n n n n n n Not at all N N N N N N

9 References For further information on this study, see Patrick, Peter L Urban Jamaican Creole: Variation in the mesolect. (Amsterdam: John Benjamins.) For the classic example of the test, see Labov, William Social stratification of English in New York City. (Oxford: Blackwell)


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