Trinidad and Tobago’s first Star and Exoplanet will be named ‘Dingolay’ and ‘Ramjay’ respectively.
This was revealed yesterday at the International Astronomical Union’s global press conference to announce the names of the winning entries for the NameExoWorlds competition.
The winning entry was submitted by Dr Jo-Anne Ferreira, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at The UWI St. Augustine Campus.
She says this is a win for Patois in a year already significant for Patois, as 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the first Patois grammar.
Dr. Ferreira will receive the grand prize of a telescope for her winning entrant.
Dingolay means to dance, twist and turn in elaborate movements, symbolising the culture and language of the ancestors of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ramajay means to sing and make music in a steelpan style, representing the love of culture and languages of the ancestors of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
The lingo is associated with music and carnival festivities of Trinidad and Tobago.