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Language & the Caribbean

Molly Hamm-Rodríguez (University of Colorado Boulder)

Molly Hamm-Rodríguez and Nadjah Ríos Villarini in conversation at the May 2019 institute

Framing language as a central site of social action, students will consider both the ideological formations that influence language policies and practices as well as the interactional perspectives that illustrate how language (de)constructs relational identities and social worlds, in the Caribbean and its diasporas.

Course Goals

  • Use sociolinguistic, sociocultural, and linguistic anthropological perspectives to explore language variation and use across the Caribbean and its diasporas.
  • Students study the dynamic nature of language within historical and contemporary processes
  • Challenge colonial origins of linguistic and geographic fragmentation by centering linguistic diversity

Students use diverse theoretical approaches to explore language variation in the Caribbean and Caribbean diasporas through a decolonizing perspective.

Outcomes & Deliverables

Reading responses that critically engage course topics, multimodal keyword definitions, genre study, speech communities digital presentation

Resources

Molly’s Course Syllabus

Find more information about Hamm-Rodríguez’s “Language & the Caribbean” course. (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Black Lives Will Not Matter Until Our Languages Also Matter

As part of the course, students are assigned this video lecture from Dr. Michel DeGraff, linguistics professor and director of the MIT-Haiti Initiative.

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