Dr. Ian Robertson lectured about linguistics and history

POSTED: 11/19/12 1:54 PM

St. Maarten – Creole language expert Dr. Ian Robertson was the guest speaker on Thursday evening at a language and history lecture at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library entitled “Linguistics and History: Associates or strange bedfellows.”

Dr. Robertson is an author and professor at the University of the West Indies, and a former Dean of its Faculty of Humanities and Education. He researched Dutch and French Lexicon Creoles for the past thirty years. “Berbice Dutch Creole, the only uncontroversial Dutch related Creole, is dying today with only one last speaker of the language still alive,” Dr. Robertson said.

The Berbice Dutch Creole was spoken in the forest of Berbice, Guyana, according to results of a 2009 study by the professor.

The lecture was organized by the Conscious Lyrics Foundation and House of Nehesi Publishers, in collaboration with the Philipsburg Jubilee Library.

 

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