ICS Lecture: When Language Makes History, Focus on Anguilla

As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 8 lecture series for the 2011 semester, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture  “When Language Makes History: A Focus on Anguilla,” by Dr. Don Walicek (Department of English, School of General Studies, UPR-RP). Dr. Nicholas G. Faraclas (Department of English/Linguistics, School of Humanities, UPR-RP) will offer commentary. The lecture will be held on Thursday, March 17, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Amphitheatre CRA 108 (Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building), School of Social Sciences, Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

Description: Offering a social history of language contact for Anguilla, the most northerly of the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands, this presentation examines ways in which the historical record contributes to theories of language. It offers a largely chronological discussion beginning with the earliest period of British colonization. Special attention is given to linguistic difference and the formation of speech communities, in particular the social experience of enslaved Africans. As will be shown, the history of Anguillian, the island’s English-lexifier Creole, is altogether distinct from that posited in contemporary theories of creolization. The establishment of schools for enslaved “scholars,” tradition of jollification, and use of Anguillian in writing will be used to track and unpack ideas about the social life of language.

This activity will be broadcast LIVE online via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71. Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec@uprrp.edu.

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

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