The John Reinecke Award goes to the Best Final Year undergraduate Student majoring in Linguistics in the Faculty of Humanities & Education on each campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI), and from 2008, of the University of Guyana. It is given for the purpose of congratulating and encouraging excellence in the field of Caribbean linguistics, and is named in the honour and memory of this pioneering scholar.
American-born John E. Reinecke (1904-1982) was a pioneer in the scientific study of contact languages such as pidgins and creoles. Reinecke's wish was to support scholarly study of these languages, including the recognition of the future linguists of the anglophone Caribbean, UWI students. Read the John Reinecke profile.