Linguistics Research Day - March 2016

Language and Diversity in “Comm-Unities”

Click on the image below for the poster.


We live in an era of unparalleled linguistic change. The forces of globalisation present an unprecedented threat to the world's linguistic diversity, with some estimates suggesting that up to 90% of the world's languages may be in imminent danger of disappearing, in favour of a small number of global languages.

At the same time, online networks, migration, and the spread of education, are giving rise to new connections. Out of these connections, new communities are emerging, and with them, new kinds of language use, and even completely new languages.

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics' Linguistics Research Day presents ongoing research into the emergence of new communities, new language patterns, how we assess linguistic diversity and how language teachers can best approach diverse groups of learners. We will explore diverse communities, especially those which have been historically overlooked and marginalized, and how language is used to bind them together.

We invite anyone interested in understanding human diversity, and how this is reflected by and manifested in patterns of language use, to join us.

LRD March 2016

Date: 24 March 2016
Time: 9:00 - 16:00 (CLL) and 18:00 - 19:00 (SB1)
Venue: CLL Auditorium


Programme (click here for the PDF fold-out programme)

  • Tyrone Ali: When Fiction Becomes Real Life – Examining Language and Affect among the Transgender
  • Petra Avillan: Perceptions of Language Threat in the Caribbean: The View of the Speakers
  • Ben Braithwaite: The Diversity of Caribbean Signed Languages and What It Means for Linguists and Linguistics
  • Ben Braithwaite and Ian Dhanoolal: Sign Language in Old Providence, Colombia
  • Kathy-Ann Drayton: Wagonists Make the Most Noise: Performing Football Fandom through Language
  • Renée Figuera: Globalisation and Translocalisation: Evidence from Trinidadian Gangspeak
  • Amina Ibrahim-Ali, Natalie Bhawanie, Janet Fullerton-Rawlins, Lazina Siew, and Jamila Varachhia: When the Adult Language Learner Does Not Complete Secondary School: Two Exceptional Cases at the EFL Unit at the Centre for Language Learning, UWI, St. Augustine
  • Michèle M. Kennedy, Yewande Lewis-Fokum and Silvia Kouwenberg: Linguistics and Education Partnering in the Professional Development of Teachers in Jamaica
  • Lily Kwok: Investigating Constituent Order in Trinidad and Tobago Sign Language (TTSL)
  • Shaneise Pandohee: Market Vendor Discourse in Trinidad
  • Nicha Selvon-Ramkissoon and Nadita Maharaj: A comparative study of differentiated instruction strategies employed by groups of practicum students from the University of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Silvia Kouwenberg: The Quality of the Output is Determined by the Quality of the Input: Methodological Issues in New Computational Approaches to Creole Typology


Please click here.