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Creoles as emblems of cultural & linguistic identity

Website Creoles as emblems of cultural and linguistic identity

RCC is pleased to announce an exciting virtual discussion with Shelome Gooden, Ph.D.

  • Event title:  Creoles as emblems of cultural & linguistic identity
  • Date:  April 7, 2021
  • Time:  10:30 am – 12:00 pm OR 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location:  Virtual Event – must RSVP through Eventbrite for Zoom login information
  • To RSVP:  Fill out the form at the bottom of this page or visit the Eventbrite page.

The RCC Language Department is sponsoring two opportunities to hear a lecture with Q&A by Jamaican linguist Shelome Gooden. Many RCC students identify as speakers of Jamaican Creole (Patois), Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole; and yet speakers of these languages are often discriminated against for speaking them. Many students, when asked about their mother tongue don't even think that their first language is a true language; they have been told they are speaking 'broken English' or a 'broken' version of French or Portuguese. Our goal is to help students reclaim pride and gain insight about the history and richness of their native languages.

About the Guest Lecturer:

Shelome Gooden is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh and is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research for the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Related Fields. She holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of the West Indies (Mona – Jamaica, 1996); MA and PhD in Linguistics from the Ohio State University (2003.) Her recent publications include African American Language in Pittsburgh and the Lower Susquehanna Valley(with Jennifer Blomquist 2015 – Oxford Handbook of African American Language); In the Fisherman’s Net. Language Contact in a sociolinguistics context (in Blake & Buchstaller 2019 – Routledge Companion to the Work of John R. Rickford); Language ideologies and shifting boundaries: A case study of Yami diphthongs (ay) and (aw), (with L. Lai 2018 Journal of Linguistic Geography).