SOME AREAS NEEDING LINGUISTICS RESEARCH

APPLIED LINGUISTICS

The intersection between reading and English Language learning

English Language Teaching (ELT) in T&T and elsewhere in the Caribbean

English Language Learning (including among young speakers)

Applications of Linguistics to local problems and issues

CREOLE LINGUISTICS

Varieties of English-lexicon codes in Trinidad/Tobago/Jamaica/Guyana/Belize, etc.

Representations of English and French Creole online – YouTube, Facebook, etc.

DESCRIPTION AND DOCUMENTATION OF CARIBBEAN LANGUAGES

Caribbean Indigenous and Endangered Languages (CIEL)

Lokono (Arawak)

French Creole (Patois)

Trinidad & Tobago Sign Language (TTSL) - see Sign Linguistics below also

ENGLISH LINGUISTICS

Caribbean English(es)

Trinbagonian standard(ised) English and Trinbagonian non-standard(ised) English

Jamaican standard(ised) English

LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND LANGUAGE USE

Language Acquisition in T&T and elsewhere in the Caribbean: cross-sectional; different socioeconomic groups; different locations

Minority immigrant groups in T&T (including on campus) and language history and use

Immigrant Language(s) in T&T and elsewhere in the Caribbean: Varieties; Use; Learning of local codes

Chinese immigrant workers: what codes, how do they use them, are they learning the local codes – how?

LEXICOGRAPHY

Caribbean lexicography (web- and paper-based, academic and commercial)

French-lexicon Creole dictionaries and glossaries

T&T Lexicon (using the Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago, etc.)

SIGN LINGUISTICS

Trinidad & Tobago Sign Language(s)

Other Caribbean Sign Languages

SOCIOLINGUISTICS AND GEOLINGUISTICS (DIALECTOLOGY)

Recording & analysis of language from different socioeconomic groups

Language & Class (Socioeconomic Status) in T&T (more broadly: Language & Sociological Variables)

Recording & analysis of language in different geographical areas across T&T and beyond

SOCIO-PHONETICS

Phonological variation in Trinidad vs. Tobago

Phonological variation studies: Vowels of Caribbean Englishes