The 2009 conference series about 50 years of focus on the Languages of the Caribbean, provides up to date information about the development, use and spread of Caribbean languages today.
Dates and Locations:
London: Wed 3rd June
Birmingham: Fri 5th June
Manchester: Mon 8th June
This important conference series follows the launch of the “50 years on” follow up to the first international conference held on Creole Languages in 1959 at the University of the West Indies.
To explore the position today relating to the languages of the Caribbean and their use in the UK, the continuum between English based Caribbean languages e.g. Jamaican and Standard English and the need for English language support, as well as interpreting and translation, or language advocacy.
A team including:
The University of the West Indies, Jamaican Language Unit: the University of Birmingham, Black Heritage Studies Team: Learning Links International and Jamaica 2K have brought together a range of specialist in this field, including Caribbean Academics, Caribbean Poets and Reggae Artistes to create a dynamic team to pay “due respect” to these “most modern foreign languages” – the languages that are the living legacy of the Trans–Atlantic Trade in Africans that have given the world so much in terms of music and poetry.
Speakers and workshop leaders including:
• Prof Hubert Devonish, Director of the Jamaican Language Unit, University of the West Indies and author of many publications including: “Language and Liberation”
• Natalie Fagan-Brown, Linguist, trainer and developer of the first accredited UK Jamaican Language and Culture Course, a former teacher in Jamaica
• Professor Gus John, Chair and Chief Executive at Gus John Partnership Ltd
• and visiting Professor to the University of Strathclyde
• YASUS AFARI, Performance Poet and author of “Overstanding Rastafari”
• Morgan Delphinis, author of “Caribbean and African Languages”
• Barbara Ledgister, Jamaican Attorney-at-Law and co-founder of Patois Personnel
• Macka B, Reggae Artiste and song writer
This is an opportunity for several books to be made available in UK including “Writing Jamaican the Jamaican Way”, as well as new editions of “Language and Liberation” by Prof Hubert Devonish, “Caribbean and African Languages” by Morgan Dalphinis, “Language in Jamaica” by Dr Pauline Christie, “Eye Pen” by YASUS AFARI featuring “Patwa Taakin”, “Inna mi Heart” by Joan Andrea Hutchinson and DVDs and CDs (Di Jumiekan Langwij Alfabet)
This event will be of interest and relevance to a range of people including:
• teachers from Schools and Colleges
• lecturers from Adult Education
• academics and researchers from Higher Education
• staff working in Offender Services
• staff working in Health Services, Mental Health Services and other public services
Booking and additional information:
Standard Delegate Fee: £150.00 For discounted rates please contact the Conference Team.
To book places or for more information contact the Conference Team on 01902 429185 or email: info [at] learninglinksinternational [dot] com