Call for Papers

SCL 25th Biennial Conference, 2024

The Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL), in collaboration with the Society for Pidgin and Creole Languages (SPCL), will meet in Guyana from 5 to 9 August 2024 for its 25th Biennial Conference. The Conference will be hosted by the University of Guyana, under the theme “Looking Back and Moving Forward: Innovations in Language Theory, Policy and Practice.”

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):

  • Indigenous Languages of the Insular and Greater Caribbean

  • Digitisation of Heritage Caribbean Languages 

  • Virtual Language Museums

  • Caribbean Languages and 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 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: 5-9 August 2024 

Early bird deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 March 2024

Final deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 April 2024

Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2024 (early bird) & 15 May 2024 (regular) 

Contact:  secretary@scl-online.net

Submissions open on 1 November 2023 via EasyAbs: SUBMIT HERE



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Berbice Dutch Creole is a now officially extinct (2005) Dutch-based creole spoken in Berbice, Guyana. View more Caribbean country profiles.
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