CAAS 394 - Junior Seminar
Section: 001 Creole Languages in the Caribbean: Genesis, History and Use
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses).
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course offers a thorough introduction to the study of creole language(s) and culture(s) in the Caribbean and provides an overview of their history and development focusing on the socio-historical context of their genesis and their resulting linguistic make-up. We will show that while the general history of the Caribbean is one of conflict and oppression where the African heritage of the people could have been eradicated, it is alive and well in both its languages and cultures. This course reveals the linguistic and cultural African elements through the study of the creoles’ lexicon and morpho-syntax, and of religious practices ranging from Kumina in Jamaica to Voodoo in Haiti. We will also examine the sociolinguistic status of creole languages on various islands like Curaçao, their growing representation as languages of instruction and the ensuing effects on creole identity. The creoles under study will include Jamaican, Haitian, Bajan, Antiguan Creole English, Lesser Antillean, Netherlands Antillean, St Lucian, Papiamentu, St Kitts Creole, Trinidadian and Tobagoan among others.

CAAS 394 - Junior Seminar
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001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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