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Who We Are

We are a scholarly linguistics society dedicated to the study of language in the Caribbean, and to the dissemination of both the theoretical and applied research of our members. The Society was founded with the goals of promoting the study of language with special reference to the Caribbean, and of involving interested persons from all parts of the world. The research, interests and publications of SCL members have always addressed both theoretical and applied linguistics, with increasing attention being given to the role and development of language in Caribbean education.
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The current members of the SCL come from over 25 different countries around the world. They represent various universities, academic institutions, government ministries, schools and private organizations. We look forward to welcoming you to the SCL family!

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04.12.2023 SCL 2024 goes to Guyana
The SCL will meet in Guyana from 5 to 9 August 2024 for its 25th Biennial Conference. Go to Conference Page.

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Meet the Executive

The SCL is governed by an Executive Committe, elected to serve for a period of two years.

Honorary Members

In recognition of the contributions of those distinguished members who have dedicated their lives to the advancement of the SCL and research in Linguistics.

In Tribute

Remembering the lives and celebrating the contributions of our SCL members who have gone on.


Learn about the latest research on Caribbean languages and connect with researchers from across the globe. Look back on past Conferences and find out where next we meet.


View the range of publications by the SCL and learn how to submit your research for publication.

John Reinecke Prize

Award for the best final year undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics on each campus of The University of the West Indies, and the University of Guyana.

Meet a Member

This month we are delighted to feature Professor Hubert Devonish, Professor of Linguistics at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, and former President of the SCL (1994-96 and 2010-12).  Professor Devonish has researched and published in the areas of Caribbean Language Policy, Caribbean Sociolinguistics, Creole tonology and language education.

Professor Devonish's publications include Language and Liberation: Creole Language Politics in the Caribbean; Talking Rhythm, Stressing Tone: Prominence in Anglo-West African Creole Languages; and Talking in Tones: A Study of Tone in Afro-European Creole Languages. Meet Professor Devonish.

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