Scholar Profile: Silvia Kouwenberg


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Prof. Silvia Kouwenberg

FHE - Lang, Linguistics & Phil Faculty of Humanties and Education Professor of Linguistics Active (876) 927-1660-9 Check out my Website!
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Academic Qualifications:

October 1991: Ph.D. in Linguistics summa cum laude (Faculty of Arts, University of Amsterdam); August 1985: M.A. in Social Policy Studies;  August 1981: B.A. in Social Policy Studies (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam).

Basic Career Data

Current Position: Professor of Linguistics. Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy, University of the West Indies (Mona Campus).

First appointment as Lecturer October 1991; Senior Lecturer September 1997; Professor of Linguistics May 2009; Head of Department August 2011-July 2014; Deputy Dean for Undergraduate and Quality Assurance Matters in the Faculty of Humanities & Education August 2015-July 2018.  Mona Academic Board representative on the UWI Senate, 2012-2017.

Research Areas

  • The teaching of English in a creole-speaking environment (joint with Dr Michèle Kennedy and Dr Yewande Lewis-Fokum)
  • Topics in Creole Studies, especially formal properties of creole languages and their historical emergence, in particular Berbice Dutch, Papiamentu, and Jamaican Creole

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL) since 1988; President for the period 2016-18.
  • Editorial Advisory Board of the Contact Language Library (2017-) and its precursor series Creole Language Library (2006-2017).
  • Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages (1992-2012).
  • Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics (SPCL) (Board Member during 2001-2002).

Research Interests

  1. The teaching of English in a creole-speaking environment (joint with Dr Michèle Kennedy and Dr Yewande Lewis-Fokum)
  2. Topics in Creole Studies, especially formal properties of creole languages and their historical emergence, in particular Berbice Dutch, Papiamentu, and Jamaican Creole
  3. Creole Linguistics

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