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Title: Re: Medium of Instruction in Haiti
Submitter: Michel DeGraff
Description: Dear all,

In response to the ''Culture and Geopolitics'' section of Patrick-Andre
Mather's LinguistList posting ''Medium of Instruction for Creole
Languages'' (posting # 21.3469, dated Mon, 30 Aug 2010):

I would like to alert LinguistList readers that some of my musings on these
issues, in the particular context of post-earthquake Haiti, have now been
published---in the Boston Globe (in the U.S. on June 16) and in Le
Nouvelliste (in Haiti on August 30):

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/06/16/language_barrier_in_haiti/

http://www.lenouvelliste.com/articleforprint.php?PubID=1&ArticleID=82891

There are also discussions of these and related issues in the Boston Globe
online comments to my Op-Ed article and on the Linguistic Anthropology blog
and the LingAnth mailing list:

http://www.linguisticanthropology.org/2010/08/11/petition-on-haitian-kreyol/

http://www.linguisticanthropology.org/2010/09/01/michel-degraff-on-haitian-kreyol/

I hope these contributions can be helpful to LinguistList readers as well.

Thank you,

-Michel

Michel DeGraff
MIT Linguistics & Philosophy
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02139
degraff@MIT.EDU
http://web.mit.edu/linguistics/people/faculty/degraff
Date Posted: 02-Sep-2010
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
LL Issue: 21.3506
Posted: 02-Sep-2010

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