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By Primus Hutchinson

August 25, 1998 - There has been a strong appeal for the study of the Kweyol language to be taken beyond intellectual association and into the wider community. St. Lucia’s Governor General, H.E. Dr. Pearlette Louisy says that much has been done to ensure that there be a demand for the language in the public sector, with the intention of creating a significant shift in status for kweyol. Dr. Louisy was at the keynote speaker at the recently held 12 Biennial conference of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics.

Dr. Louisy emphasized the need for the integration of kweyol research into national development programmes. She felt that much of that effort was left in the hands of media workers whom according to her are not necessarily the authority on the language as some believe. The conference of Caribbean Linguistics was held under the theme: "Expanding the horizons of Creole Language Research."

Dr. Louisy is a member of the society of Caribbean Linguistics and until recently, President of Movman Kweyol St. Lisi. She is also the author of "A Guide to the History of Kweyol and "A First Course in Kweyol."

 

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