London Jamaican provides the reader with a new perspective on African descent in London. Based on research carried out in the early 1980s, the author examines the linguistic background of the community, with special emphasis on young people of the first and second British-born generations.
1. Introduction: Creole comes to Britain
2. In search of "London Jamaican"
3. Continuum and variation - approaches to describing Creole
4. London Jamaican…?
5. …or Black London English?
6. Language within the family
7. Code switching in converstion
8. The many-personed speaker
9. Epilogue: Creole and the future - the language of education
Appendices: the two systems; the conversations