POSTPONED - French Creoles: Homage to the Late Professor Philip Baker

POSTPONED - French Creoles: Homage to the Late Professor Philip Baker
24 March 2020, 10.00am - 6.30pm
Conference / Symposium
Bloomsbury Room, G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Due to the current situation with coronavirus COVID-19 we regret that this conference has had to be postponed. Details will be posted of a new date when arranged.

The two day conference (Tuesday 24 March 2020 and Wednesday 25 March 2020) is dedicated to the late Professor Philip Baker.  The convenor, Dr Shihan de Silva (Senior Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London) whose doctoral research on Sri Lanka Portuguese was directed by Professor Baker, thanks the scholars who are participating in the event to remember a life dedicated to advancing our understanding of contact languages.  

Registration separately via the two links on the programmes.


10:00 Welcome and Introduction
Godela Weiss-Sussex (IMLR, London); Shihan de Silva (ICwS, London)

10:10 “Between French and English: my translational experiences with Philip Baker”
Nicolas Quint (CNRS)

10:50 “Philip Baker and the origin of plantation creoles”
Mikael Parkvall (Stockholm)

11:30 Break

11:50 “Assessing the Bantu influence on the development of Indian Ocean Creoles?”
Anand Syea (Westminster)

12:30 “Philip Baker and Mauritian Creole”
Peter Stein (Regensburg) 

13:10 Lunch (own arrangements)

14:10 “Semantic and Syntactic Peculiarities of Culinary Discourse in Seychellois Creole”
Olga Klymencko & Christine Pejakovic (Seychelles)

14:50 “Seselwa i koz angle an kreol: A study of how the English language is altering the linguistic properties of the Seychellois creole”
Aneesa  Vel (Seychelles)

15:30 Break

15:50 “Agent nouns in Haitian Creole: diachrony and morphology”
Alain Kihm (Paris)

16:30 “An Eighteenth Century Trinidad Creole French text?”
Anthony Grant (Edgehill)

17:10 “Do creoles derive from pidgins?  The development of the Lesser Antilles Creoles”
Peter Bakker (Aarhus) 

17:50 Roundtable Discussion

18:30 Conclusion

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Generously supported by the Cassal Endowment Fund

Registration:  Standard £10 | Students/unwaged £7

Register separately here for the second day of the conference held at SOAS on 25 March: 'Contact Languages: Homage to the late Professor Philip Baker'


Jenny Stubbs
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