Call for Papers

SCL 24th Biennial Conference & 50th Anniversary

The Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL) will meet online from 2 to 4 August 2022 for its 24th Biennial Conference and 50th Anniversary celebrations — SCL Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) 2022. The Conference will be hosted by The University of the West Indies, St Augustine under the theme “New Frontiers in Caribbean Language Research.”

SCL T&T 2020 moved to the SCL Virtual Caribbean Language Festival 2020 because of COVID-19, and we are happy that we were able to reach a new audience via our YouTube channel. (See the Festival Playlist here.) We received 100 abstract submissions for SCL T&T 2020, and sent out several acceptance letters before COVID-19 hit. 

For those whose submissions were accepted and have not been presented or published elsewhere, and who wish to move forward to SCL T&T 2022, with or without modifications, please fill out this Doodle poll. Any abstracts being modified will go through the EasyAbs portal as before, and must follow the abstract submission guidelines below (please note that all abstracts must be anonymous, and multiple submissions by one author must follow the guidelines). 

For those who wish to submit new abstracts, please note the SCL Conference Rules, before submitting.

New abstracts on all types of Caribbean languages are invited. 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 especially encouraging abstracts pertaining to any of the following panel themes (other panel themes on Caribbean Languages and Linguistics may be proposed):
- Revitalisation of Indigenous Languages of the Insular and Greater Caribbean
- Digitisation of Heritage Caribbean Languages
- Virtual Language Museums
- Caribbean Languages and Linguistic Reparations 
- Relevance of Linguistics in Education in the Caribbean
- Languages in Contact in the Caribbean
- Geolinguistics in the Caribbean - Language and Communication in the Caribbean
- Translation and Interpreting in the Caribbean
- Language Endangerment and Language Death in the Caribbean
- Language Policies in Multilingual Caribbean Societies
- Language and Identity in the Caribbean
- Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) in the Caribbean
- Language and Music in the Caribbean 
- Forensic Linguistics in the Caribbean
- Linguistic Connections between the Islands (insular Caribbean) and Rimlands (continental Caribbean)

Conference Dates: 2–4 August 2022
Online Abstract Submission is through EasyAbs

Early Bird Period for (Re)Submission of Abstracts: 15 March to 30 April 2022 
Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2022 (early bird) and 15 June 2022 (regular)
Final Period for (Re)Submission of Abstracts: 30 April to 31 May 2022
Deadline for submission of full papers: 30 August 2022

Contact information: Dr Clive Forrester
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Trinidad and Tobago Sign Language is the indigenous deaf sign language of Trinidad and Tobago, originating about 1943 when the first deaf school opened, the Cascade School for the Deaf. View more Caribbean country profiles.
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