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Linguistic authenticity in the new film about Bob Marley

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There are often complaints that accents and dialects in films are quite inaccurate so it is interesting to see that there have been efforts to ensure authenticity in the new film about Bob Marley https://www.theguardian.com/music/2024/feb/16/we-will-not-accept-fake-patois-jamaican-linguist-on-dialogue-in-bob-marley-biopic

I have not seen the film so I cannot judge how successful it is (I am also not an expert in this variety although I do have some experience of hearing patois/Patwa) but it is good that it is being taken seriously.

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Language and slavery

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Last weekend we visited our son in Cardiff and went to the reframing Picton exhibition at the National Museum of Wales 

https://museum.wales/blog/2458/Reframing-Picton--from-idea-to-exhibition/

The main focus is on whether someone so cruel should be glamorised and has parallels with the Colston issue in Bristol (and there is even a Picton Street near where we live).  The exhibition is interesting and important in its own right but there were some particular areas that link to my interest in language.

One part of the exhibition discussed the trial of Picton for the sadistic torture of a young woman and her testimony is described as follows:

It is interesting that the Creole is described as a corruption.

This report is from the following source.
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