Language Education in the Caribbean
Dennis Roy Craig (1929–2004) was one of the most outstanding Caribbean linguists of the twentieth century. The Society of
Caribbean Linguistics honoured him in 2000 for what was described as “an academic career at once awesome and inspiring”, for his devotion to Creole linguistics and his tremendous contribution to language education in the Caribbean. He was also an outstanding figure in educational leadership in the region and a poet.
In this collection, eight of Craig’s most representative articles have been chosen to demonstrate his understanding of the language situation in the English-official Caribbean and the breadth of his vision in relation to the spheres of language teaching and language learning in the English-based Creole speaking societies. Although most of these articles were written between the 1970s and the 1990s, the problems and issues that they treat are what we continue to face in the twenty-first century. Language Education in the Caribbean will prove useful to language teachers, creolists, and practitioners and researchers in the field of Caribbean language education.
JEANNETTE ALLSOPP is retired Senior Research Fellow in Lexicography, former Director of the Centre for Caribbean Lexicography, and Lecturer in Linguistics, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. Her many publications include Language, Culture and Caribbean Identity (co-edited with John R. Rickford) and the first Caribbean Multilingual Dictionary of Flora, Fauna and Foods.
ZELLYNNE JENNINGS is retired Professor of Curriculum Development Director of the School of Education and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She is the author of several reading texts for primary schools and of Labba and Creek Water: Stories from the Caribbean.