Thursday, August 12, 2010

The International Centre For Caribbean Language Research (ICCLR): Who Are We?

Linguists at the University of the West Indies, during a cross-Campus meeting in April, 2009, agreed on the need to create an international network of scholars working on Caribbean language issues. This was to take the form of what would be called, the International Centre for Caribbean Language Research (ICCLR). It would be coordinated from the Jamaican Language Unit/Unit for Caribbean Language Research (JLU/UCLR), at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies.


The researchers’ network was, over the last year, in the process of construction. We have invited specific researchers, based on their own special interests, to become associated with one or more of the areas of focus of the ICCLR. These, along with other researchers who have kindly agreed to become associates of the ICCLR, have been asked to link themselves to the ICCLRs’ particular areas of focus.


Projects (1), (2) & (3) – Digital Archive, Endangered Languages and Language Description

Marlyse Baptista - Dept. Of Linguistics, University of Michigan

Enita Barrett - Dept. of Education, University of North Florida

Alicia Beckford-Wassink - Dept. of Linguistics, University of Washington

Keren Cumberbatch - The Jamaican Language Unit/Unit for Caribbean Research, UWI, Mona.

Stephanie Durrleman - Tame Associate Professor, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Walter Edwards - School for Graduate Studies, Wayne State University, Illinois

Sandra Evans - Dept. of Liberal Arts, UWI, St. Augustine

Jo-Anne Ferreira - Dept. of Liberal Arts, UWI, St. Augustine

Shallome Gooden - Dept of Linguistics, University of Pittsburg

Audene Henry - Dept. of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy, UWI, Mona.

Nicole Scott - Dept. of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy, UWI, Mona

Andre Sherriah - Dept. of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy, UWI, Mona

Ulrike Zeshan - International Centre for Sign Languages, University of Central Lancashire.


Project 4 – Communication Across the Curriculum

Alison Altidor-Brooks - Dept. of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy, UWI, Mona.

John Campbell - Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies and Faculty of Humanities and Education, UWI, St. Augustine.

Caroline Dyche - Dept. of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy, UWI, Mona.

Ingrid McLaren - Dept. of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy, UWI, Mona.

Paulette Ramsay - Dept. of Modern Languages, UWI, Mona.


Project 5 – Sexuality and Language in the Caribbean

Karen Carpenter - The Jamaican Language Unit/Unit for Caribbean Research, UWI, Mona.

Keren Cumberbatch – The Jamaican Language Unit/Unit for Caribbean Research, UWI, Mona.

Hubert Devonish - Dept. of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy, UWI, Mona

Marva Phillips – Hugh Shearer Trade Union Education Institute, The Open Campus, UWI.


Project 6 & 7 – Bilingual Education

Marlyse Baptista - Dept. Of Linguistics, University of Michigan

John Baugh – Education and Afro-American Studies, University of Washington, St. Louis, Missouri.

Karen Carpenter - The Jamaican Language Unit/Unit for Caribbean Research, UWI, Mona.

Hubert Devonish - Dept. of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy, UWI, Mona

Marta Dijkhoff - University of the Netherlands Antilles

Walter Edwards - School for Graduate Studies, Wayne State University, Illinois

Marva Phillips - Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute, Open Campus, UWI

John Rickford - Dept. of Linguistics, Stanford University.



We also have been fortunate to have institutional affiliates. These include the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, as well as the Hugh Lawson Shearer Institute for Trade Union Education and the Consortium for Social Development & Research, both of the Open Campus of UWI, and the Caribbean Lexicography Project of the Cave Hill Campus of UWI.

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