Rastamouse vibrations

A children’s show on television has caused delight to most and upset to some. Rastamouse is a tam-wearing, skateboard-riding mouse who likes to solve crimes and – in his words – make a bad ting good. He also speaks in Jamaican patois.

Using Rastamouse can open up new ways of looking at varieties of English which differ from the Standard in terms of their grammar, lexis and phonology. There is emerging evidence that the study of non-standard varieties of English can not only help your understanding of the features and uses of that variety, but also give you a much better grasp of Standard English.

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