SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference
SCL Biennial Conference


Call for Papers


The Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL) will host its 21st Biennial Conference to be held at The University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, The conference theme is: Caribbean Languages to the World. Abstracts on all issues and topics related to Caribbean languages are welcome.

Caribbean languages include spoken and signed languages, Amerindian languages, creole languages, standardised, official and non-standardised language varieties, immigrant languages, heritage languages, endangered languages, and religious and ritual languages.

The conference organisers are encouraging in particular, panels in the following areas, with a view to early paper publication after the conference:

  • Language and Law
  • The Researcher/ Linguist as Public Intellectual
  • Language and Education
  • Language Rights
  • Language and Music
  • Language and Sexuality
  • Bilingualism in All Its Manifestations

    Deadline for submission of abstracts – 15 February 2016

    Notification of acceptance - 15 April 2016

    Deadline for submission of full papers (special panels identified above) – 6 August 2016

    Conference – 1-6 August 2016
    (travel dates1 & 6 August)


Venue: UWI, Mona Campus

The UWI Mona campus, located in Northern Kingston, encompasses 653 acres of land formerly part of two large sugar estates, Papine and Mona. Scattered throughout the campus are the famous historic ruins of a Roman-style aqueduct, water wheel, and other remnants of the sugar works which once stood on the site ....Read More »

Practical Information

Some practical information for Conference attendees, including:

- Arriving in Jamaica
- Currency
- Mobile Devices
- Getting around
- Eating Out
- Shopping

About SCL

The SCL is a scholarly linguistics Society dedicated to the study of language in the Caribbean and to the dissemination of both the theoretical and applied research of its members. Read more


  • Population: 3,000,000 est;.2014
  • Capital: Kingston; 970,000 est. 2014
  • Area: 10,991 sq kms (4,244 sq miles)
  • Languages: English and Jamaican (English Creole)
  • International Airports: Norman Manley International (Kingston) and Sangster International (Montego Bay)
  • Telephone Code: 876
  • Time Zone: GMT - 5 hours

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  • Local Organising Cttee:

  • SCL Secretariat:

    SCL Secretary:
    Dr. Clive Forrester

    SCL Treasurer:
    Dr. Jo-Anne Ferreira