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Haitian Creole (HC) is spoken by approximately 11,000,000 persons in Haiti and in diaspora communities in the United States and throughout the Caribbean. Thus, it is of great utility to Anglophone professionals engaged in various activities—medical, social, educational, welfare— in these regions. As the most widely spoken and best described creole language, a knowledge of its vocabulary is of interest and utility to scholars in a variety of disciplines.
The English-Haitian Creole Bilingual Dictionary (EHCBD) aims to assist anglophone users in constructing written and oral discourse in HC; it also will aid HC speakers to translate from English to their language. As the most elaborate and extensive linguistic tool available, it contains about 30 000 individual entries, many of which have multiple senses and include subentries, multiword phrases or idioms. The distinguishing feature of the EHCBD is the inclusion of translated sentence-length illustrative examples that provide important information on usage.
Haiti has the worst life expectancy in the Western Hemisphere. Two out of three people there live on less than $2 per day. An earthquake in 2010 killed some 300,000 people and cleanup is still going on. What does this have to do with a dictionary?
In all, the authors can be proud of this exhaustive work. Any English speaker wanting to communicate with natives of Haiti will find this dictionary indispensable.
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