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ICOS 2008 Conference Abstract

Naming of Minivan Taxis Used for Public Transportation in the Caribbean

Author(s):
W Ahrens
York University, Canada


Private minivans have come to be used to augment the public bus transportation system on larger islands or else to provide the only regular transportation on smaller islands. This minivan system has been exported by expatriate Caribbeans to some US towns, such as New York; as well, similar systems have developed on other continents, as pointed out in a recent article on South Africa by Bertie Neethling. These minivans have been given names by their owners that are prominently painted on the vehicle or else displayed on the windshield. The names give an insight into local culture and tradition. I will deal mainly with the naming of such vehicles on St. Kitts and Nevis, but make some passing reference to other islands, such as Grenada and Carriacou.

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