University of Puerto Rico: ICS Panel Presentations

This item is belated and I regret not having posted it earlier, but I wanted to share some of the interesting research projects carried out by students at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. The Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR-RP) hosted its last event in the Conferencias Caribeñas 10 lecture series, the presentation “El Caribe plurilingüe: un panorama de trabajos de investigación sobre las lenguas caribeñas llevados a cabo por estudiantes graduados de la Universidad de Puerto Rico” [The Plurilingual Caribbean: A Panorama of Research Projects on Caribbean Language by Graduate Students at the UPR].

The event was moderated by Dr. Nicholas Faraclas (Linguistics Graduate Program and English Department, College of Humanities, UPR-RP). It was held today, Monday, April 30, 2012, from 1:00 to 4:00pm in Amphitheatre Manuel Maldonado Denis (CRA 108) of Carmen Rivera de Alvarado (CRA) Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Topics included were: Women, Resistance, and Transmission of Language and Culture; Proverbs in the Caribbean: The African Connection; Semiotics of Fear in Social Campaigns for STD Prevention;  Pirate English of the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th Centuries; Resistance, Agency, and the Reconceptualization of the Maroon and Marronage; Spiritual Practices, Resistance, and the Origin of Creole Languages; Codeswitching between Limonese Creole and Spanish in Limón, Costa Rica; Modern Spanish and its Contact with Haitian Creole; Sociolinguistic Studies of  (-s), (f-) y (x-) in the Palenquero Spanish of Barranquilla, Colombia; and African Influences on Crucian and Other Caribbean Creole Languages.

Comments and suggestions on the presentation will be welcome at

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

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