[lg policy] Jamaica to host international language conference

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 11 15:14:04 UTC 2011

Jamaica to host international language conference

2011-01-10 08:28:34 | (0 Comments)

CMC - United States–based linguist Professor John Baugh will deliver
the feature address at the International Conference on Language Rights
and Policy in the Creole-Speaking Caribbean which takes here on

The organisers said that Baugh, who is Professor Emeritus of Education
and Linguistics at Stanford University as well as Chair of the African
and African American Studies Programme at the Washington University in
St. Louis, will address delegates on the topic of language

The conference is being organised by the Jamaican Language Unit at the
University of the West Indies (UWI) and brings together professional
linguists, and representatives of all language stakeholders, including
governments. The main themes of the conference will be “Creole and
International Languages in the Education System” and “Language and the
Law and Policy on Indigenous and Endangered Languages”.

The organisers aid that the final output of the conference is to be a
Charter on Language Rights and Language Policy for the region which
will provide a regional framework for resolving the language problems
of the Creole-Speaking Caribbean. “The charter is the product of
on-going process of intense debate and discussion by a team of 30
international experts on Caribbean languages. It covers language
policy and rights issues in education, the public services, the law
and culture,” the UWI said.


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