The language we speak. Education, innovation and the future of Haiti Michel DeGraff

Andrey - June 5 2018, 2:15 AM

How does language use and suppression mirror societal power?

What impact has colonialism had on the Haitian Creole language and its role in Haiti's development?

And how can linguists succeed in promoting the use of Creole languages, and elevating their prestige in the eyes of native speakers and their governments?

Michel DeGraff, a Haitian linguist and tenured professor at MIT, is interested in these questions and more, using his work to try and understand how languages like Haitian Creole come into being, and how new varieties emerge due to the contact of diverse populations throughout history.

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