Papers at conference for Caribbean, Creole and Pidgin linguistics

(August 2008) Five papers were presented by SIL linguists at a conference 28–31 July in Cayenne, French Guiana. A total of eighty papers were read at the joint meeting of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL) and the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics. Approximately one hundred people attended the conference. The theme of the event was, "Usage, Application and Development of the Languages of the Caribbean and the Guianas."

Papers presented by SIL personnel

  • Jo-Anne S. Ferreira: "Bilingual education among the Karipúna and Galibi-Marwono: Prospects and possibilities for language preservation"
  • David Frank: "We don't speak a real language: Intersecting perspectives on creole languages"
  • George Huttar (in absentia): "Substrates and superstrates in Atlantic and Pacific creoles"
  • Ronald C. Morren and Diane Morren: "A diachronic appraisal of language attitudes in San Andrés Island, Western Caribbean"
  • Carlos Benitez-Torres: "The Songhay and Berber structures in Tagdal: A mixed language"

SIL linguist becomes honorary member of SCL

SIL linguist George Huttar, PhD—a charter member of SCL since its founding in 1972—was added to the ranks of honorary members during the biennial general meeting. As an untiring advocate of creole languages, he has presented papers in various linguistic societies and lectured at more than twenty universities. He is currently an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, having been on the Editorial Advisory Committee since 1985. Also since that year, he has been an Editorial Board member of the Creole Language Library and an Adjunct Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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