Keynote Speakers

SCL 24th Biennial Conference & 50th Anniversary

KEYNOTE 1: Tuesday, 2 August 2022, at 9.30 am

"Linguistic Rights, Reform and Reparations in the Creole-Speaking Caribbean: Connecting the Dots

Jo-Anne Ferreira is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, and a member of SIL International. She received her BA and PhD in linguistics at UWI and a postgraduate diploma in Brazilian indigenous languages and linguistics from the Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Her research and teaching interests include contact linguistics, sociophonetics, and Bible translation. Her publications include studies on the history of Portuguese language and culture in the Caribbean and on Trinidadian and other South American Caribbean French Creole varieties. Jo-Anne is currently President of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics.


KEYNOTE 2: Wednesday, 3 August 2022, at 9.00 am

"Sailing towards the Future: New and Old Horizons in Caribbean Linguistics"

Bettina Migge is Professor of Linguistics at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland and member of SeDyL, France. She previously taught in Germany and served as Head of the School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics at UCD. She is co-editor of the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages and President of the Society of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics. Her publications treat topics such as sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, language contact, experiences of migration and postcolonial pragmatics focusing on the Creoles of Suriname and French Guiana, and language in Ireland. She is co-author of the collection Pidgins and Creoles: Critical Concepts in Linguistics (Routledge) and participates in the COST action LITHME which explores language in the era of machine generated language use.


KEYNOTE 3: Thursday, 4 August 2022, at 12.30 pm

"Linguistics and Social Justice — from Upside-down to Upside-up Schools"

Michel Frederic DeGraff is a Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, co-director of the MIT-Haiti Initiative and a founding member of Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole Academy).  

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