Language, Decoloniality, and Social Justice in the Caribbean

This edited volume includes seven essays on language policy, linguistic identity, and social justice in five Caribbean nations: Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Curaçao. The contributions explore how bilingualism and multilingualism intersect with cultural identity and language policy issues, including education, the status of Creole languages, and how efforts at language planning have often maintained social segregation based on race, gender, and sexuality. By reconfiguring their environments and creating new spaces that transcend geographically and symbolically bounded spaces, these nations unsettle colonial discourses that influence all spheres of societal life, including spatial configuration, cultural production, politics, and the economy. This volume rethinks and broadens new paradigms of the Caribbean experience and draws from interconnected academic perspectives, such as sociolinguistics/creole studies, cultural studies, and decolonial praxis. It includes contributions from scholars from, and familiar with, each Caribbean nation included in the work. Though most of the essays focus on language and educational policies, cultural and literary productions are also discussed as they relate to linguistic and social justice.


Patrick-André Mather specializes in the study of language contact and diversity, including pidgins and creoles, sociophonetics, and language policy and planning. Trained at McGill University, Canada, the Université Paris 7 Denis-Diderot, France, the Universität des Saarlandes, Germany, and the University of Pittsburgh, he conducted fieldwork in Moselle, France, and New York City. His current research focuses on the acquisition of phonetics by adult learners of French and on language policy and planning in Québec and Puerto Rico. He currently teaches Linguistic Theory, Sociolinguistics and Phonetics at the University of Puerto Rico, where he is a Full Professor.

Joel Morales-Rolón holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature. He has co-authored several textbooks, as well as various works of short fiction. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras Campus).

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Robert Berrouët-Oriol

Patrick-André Mather

Kendall Medford

Joel Morales-Rolón

Luis A. Ortiz-López

Janethsi Ostaíza-Cedeño

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ISBN: 1-5275-9393-2

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-9393-0

Release Date: 17th March 2023

Pages: 130

Price: £66.99

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