Lecturer - Linguistics



Room 326, 3rd Floor West, School of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities and Education
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Phone: (868) 662-2002, c/o Ext. 83493
E-mail:  Renee.Figuera@sta.uwi.edu


• PhD Linguistics, UWI, St Augustine
• MEd International Education, Framingham State

Dip TESOL, UWI, St Augustine

• BA French and Spanish, UWI, St Augustine

Research Interests

• Critical Language and Literacy Studies
• Language Education
• TESOL (Teacher Education)
• Sociohistorical Linguistics of Literary Discourse

Current Courses



Recent Publications

Book Chapters
• Figuera, Renee and W.C. Wallace. “Discourse, globalisation and the translocalisation of gangspeak with evidence from Trinidad.” In Paul Chamness Miller, Brian G. Rubrecht, Erin A. Mikulec, and Cu-Hullan Tsuyoshi McGivern (eds.), Readings in Language Studies Vol. 6: A Critical Examination of Language and Community. International Society for Language Studies, Inc., 2016. pp. 247-276.

Peer-reviewed Journals
• Figuera, Renée. “Critical cultural translation: A case of translating creolization in newspaper tales of Trinidad 1919–1920.” In Desrine Bogle, Ian Craig and Jason F. Siegel (eds.), Translation and Translanguaging in Multilingual Contexts 2.2 (2016): 195-219.

• Figuera, Renée and Leiba-Ann Laurence-Ferreira. “Teach Meh to Write, but Respec’ Meh Right. A Critical Exploration of Vernacular Accommodation in Tertiary Education for All in Trinidad and Tobago.” Special issue of Research in Comparative and International Education (RCIE) on Education for All in the Caribbean - Promise, Paradox and Possibility, edited by Paul W. Miller. 9.1 (March 2014): 56–82.

• Figuera, Renée. “Convention, Context and Critical Discourse Analysis: ‘Jim the Boatman' (1846) and the Early Fiction of Trinidad.” New West Indian Guide/ Nieuwe West Indische Gids 84: 3&4 (2010): 253–268.

• Figuera, Renée. “Ballad of the Downfall of the Fish-House” (anonymous): A Forensic Approach to Finding the Author and Meaning from History and Critical Discourse Analysis.” History in Action (Department of History, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine) Vol. 1.1 (2010): 1–7.