Professor Valerie YOUSSEF

Professor of Linguistics (retired)



Room 321, 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. 82036

See an interview with Prof Youssef in DMLL Research Notes Vol 2 (August 2015).


• PhD Linguistics, UWI
• MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), American University in Cairo
• BA History, Reading University

Research Interests

• Applied Discourse Analysis
• Descriptive Linguistics: Caribbean Language Varieties
• Language Acquisition and Learning
• Language Education
• Sociolinguistics




Selected Publications

• Youssef, Valerie. Finding Self in the Transition from East to West: Indo-Trinidadian Perspectives. Bindi: The Multifacted Lives of Indo-Caribbean Women. Ed. Rosanne Kanhai. Kingston: The University of the West Indies Press, 2012.


• Youssef, Valerie. Sociolinguistics of the Caribbean. In Sociolinguistics Around the World: A Handbook. Ed. Martin Ball. New York: Routledge, 2010. pp. 52-64.


• Youssef, Valerie. Varilingualism: A term for 21st century language acquisition contexts. Education et Sociétés Plurilingues 2010: 65-76.


Morgan, Paula and Valerie Youssef. Writing Rage: Unmasking Violence through Caribbean Discourse. Kingston: UWI Press, 2007. (UWI Press Award for Outstanding Interdisicplinary Book 2008)


• Youssef, Valerie and Winford James. The Languages of Tobago: Genesis, Structure and Perspectives. St. Augustine: UWI School of Continuing Studies/Open Campus, 2002.

See more articles in our Linguistics Section's page of refereed articles.