Hubert Devonish

Professor Hubert Devonish
Dept. of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy
University of the West Indies, Mona,
Kingston 7, Jamaica.
Tel. (876) 977-1592(h), 927-1641, 970-2950, 935-8233.


Professor of Linguistics, University of the West Indies, Mona 1998-Present
Reader in Linguistics, University of the West Indies, Mona 1993-1998
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of the West Indies, Mona 1988-1993
Lecturer in Linguistics, University of the West Indies, Mona 1979-1988
D.Phil, University of York, UK 1978


Coordinator, The Jamaican Language Unit/Unit for Caribben Language Research 2003-Present
Faculty Coordinator for Postgraduate Studies (Faculty of Humanities and Education) 2002-July 2004
Head, Dept. of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy 1996-2002
Head, Dept. of Linguistics and Use of English 1987-1992


Academic Board Representative to University Council 1997-Present
Leader of the WIGUT Negotiating Team 1996-2000
President, West Indies Group of University Teachers (Jamaica) 1988-1993
Academic Board Representative to University Academic Committee 1988-1992
Vice President, West Indies Group of University Teachers (Jamaica) 1987-1988


Visiting Research Fellowship, University of Puerto Rico April - May 2006
Cable and Wireless Distance Education Fellowship, UK Sept. - Oct. 1999
Visiting Research Fellowship, New York University Feb.- March 1999
Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship, Stanford University April - Sept. 1993
Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship, Stanford University April - Sept. 1989
Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship, School of Oriental and African Studies, London. 1984-1985



  • Language and Liberation: Creole Language Politics in the Caribbean,[New Expanded Edition with new 70 page updating chapter] Arawak Press: Jamaica, 2007, 272 pages .
  • Talking Rhythm, Stressing Tone: Prominence in Anglo-West African Creole Languages, Arawak Press: Kingston, 2002, 207 pages.
  • Talking in Tones: A Study of Tone in Afro-European Creole Languages, Karia Press: London; Caribbean Academic Publishers, Barbados, 1989,143 pages.
  • *(republished in new, extended edition, see above) Language and Liberation: Creole Language Politics in the Caribbean, Karia Press: London, 1986, 157 pages .


  • Carpenter, Karen and Hubert Devonish. 'Swimming Against the Tide: Jamaican Creole in Education', in Migge, Bettina, Isabelle Léglise and Angela Bartens (eds.),Creoles in Education: An appraisal of current programs and projects. 2010. vii, 356 pp. (pp. 167­182).
  • [co-authored with I.Mclaren, C.Dyche, A. Altidor-Brooks, R. Taylor] 'Reversing Power Relations and Curricula Reform: English Language Education Activism in the Academy', The UWI Quality Education Forum: OBUS, UWI, Mona, No.15, January 2009, pp.61-82
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  • Thomas, E.A.C. and Hubert Devonish. 'Mathematical and Empirical Studies of English/Creole Language Variation'. e-Journal of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences, Vol 3, No 2 (2009).
  • Devonish, Hubert, 'Language Planning in Pidgins and Creoles', in Kouwenberg, Silvia and John Victor Singler (eds.),Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Studies, Blackwell Handbook in Linguistics, November 2008, Chapter 25.
  • Devonish, Hubert and Rufina Taylor. 'Taking Action on Talk: A Subversive Approach to Implementing a Speaking Across the Curriculum Strategic Objective'.Caribbean Journal of Education, School of Education, UWI Mona, Vol 30, No 2, (September 2008), 378-98.
  • Carpenter, Karen and Hubert Devonish. 'Race, Languae and Self-Concept in Caribbean Childhoods' in Perspectives on Caribbean Psychology. Departmnet of Pyschiatry, UHWI, Mona 2008.
  • Devonish, Hubert. 'When Form Becomes Substance: Discourse on Discourse in Two', in Paul, Annie (ed), Soundings on Kamau Brathwaite, University of the West Indies Press, Jamaica, 2007, pp.94-112.
  • [co-authored with Karen Carpenter, C. Coore] 'Uu fieva mi, uu taak laik mi : Race, Language and Self-concept in Jamaican Elementary School Children', in Caribbean Journal of Education, The School of Education: UWI, Mona. Vol. 29. No 2, (September 2007), pp. 181-205.
  • [co-authored with Karen Carpenter] 'Toward Full Bilingualism in Education: The Jamaican Bilingual Primary Education Project', in Social and Economic Studies, (Mar/Jun 2007), Vol. 56, No.1 & 2, pp. 277 - 283.
  • [co-authored with Karen Carpenter] 'Bilingual Education in Creole Situations: The Jamaican Case',in Society for Caribbean Linguistics, Occasional Paper No. 35, (February, 2007), 48 pages.
  • [co-authored with Karen Carpenter, R. Mead, C. Phillips] 'Taking the final leap: Jamaican Creole in Education' inBlack Language in the English-Speaking Caribbean and the United States. (In Press).
  • 'On the status of diphthongs in Jamaican: Mr. Vegas pronounces', in Simmons-McDonald, H. & I. Robertson (eds), Caribbean Creole Languages, the University of the West Indies Press, Jamaica, 2006, pp. 72-95.
  • 'The English-speaking Caribbean', in Ammon, U. et al. (eds) Sociolinguistics: An International Handbook of the Science of Language and Society, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin & New York, 2005.
  • [co-authored with Otelemate Harry] 'Jamaican Phonology', in Schnieder, E. et al. (eds), A Handbook of Varieties of English: Phonology, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, 2004, pp 450-480.
  • [co-authored with Otelemate Harry] 'Phrasal reduplication and triplication in Kalabari', in Ndamele, O. (ed) Four Decades of the Study of Language and Linguistics in Nigeria: A Festchrift for Kay Williamson, (2003), 152 - 161.
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  • 'Caribbean Creoles', in Deumert, A. & W. Vandenbussche (eds) Germanic Standardizations: Past to Present. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 2003, pp 41-67.
  • 'Reduplication as lexical and syntactic aspect marking. The case of Guyanese Creole', in Kouwenberg, S. (ed) Twice as Meaningful: Reduplication in Pidgins, Creoles and Other Contact Languages. Battlebridge Publications, London, 2003, pp 47-60
  • 'On the Sierra Leone -Caribbean connection - Hot on the trail of 'tone shifted' items in Anglo-West African', in Christie, P (ed.) Due Respect: Papers on English and English Related Creoles in the Caribbean, in Honour of Robert Le Page, University of the West Indies Press, Kingston, 2001, pp. 184-205.
  • "What should Caribbean Architects know about Caribbean Language if..." in Axis: Journal of the Caribbean School of Architecture. Vol.5, June, 2001, pp 96-111
  • On the writing of normative grammars for Caribbean Creole Languages: The case Of Guyanese Creole in Action. T and M Delphinis (eds) Language, Blacks and Gypsies: Languages without a written tradition and their role in Education. Whiting & Birch, London, 2000, pp. 52-58
  • 'On the existence of autonomous language varieties in 'Creole continuum situations", in Christie, P., B. Lalla, V. Pollard and L. Carrington (eds.), Studies in Caribbean Language 11 , Society for Caribbean Linguistics, Trinidad, 1998.
  • 'Electronic Orature: The Deejay's discovery', in Social & Economic Studies, Vol. 47, No.1, 1998, pp. 33-53
  • 'Ruuts langgwij, nyuu taim sapii an fiilinz fo neeshan (with translation)', in Kyk-Over-AI, No. 48, April 1998, pp. 136-152.
  • 'Walking Around the Language Barrier: A Caribbean View of the Ebonics Controversy', in Small Axe, No.2, September, 1997.
  • 'Kom groun Jamiekan Daans Haal liricks: memba se a plie wi a plie-Contextualizing Jamaican' "Dance Hall' music: Jamaican language at play in a speech Event', English World Wide, Vol. 17, No.2, 1996, pp. 213-237.
  • 'Vernacular Languages and Writing Technology Transfer: 'The Jamaican Case', in Christie, P. (ed.), Caribbean Language Issues -Old & New, 1996, UWI Press, Jamaica, pp. 101-111.
  • 'Working by the Book or Playing By Ear: Language, Literacy and the Grenada Revolution', Caribbean Quarterly, Vol. 41, No.2, June 1995, pp.24-37.
  • [co-authored with Carolyn Cooper], A Tale of Two States: Language, Literature and the Two Jamaicas", in Brown, Stewart ( ed), The Pressures of the Text: Orality, Texts and the Telling of Tales, Centre of West African Studies, Birmingham, 1995, pp.60- 74.
  • 'African and Indian consciousness at play: a study in West Indies cricket and nationalism' in Beckles, H. and Stoddart, B. (eds.), Liberation Cricket -West Indies Cricket Culture, Ian Randle Publishers, Jamaica, 1995, pp. 179-191.
  • [co-authored with Eric Murray] 'On stress and tone in Papiamentu: An alternative analysis', in UWILING :Working Papers in Linguistics (UWI, Mona), Jan. 1995, pp. 43-57.
  • [co-authored with Celia Blake] , 'Developing Technical Vocabulary for Jamaican Creole', in Fodor, I. and Hagege, C. (eds.), Language Reform: History and Future, Helmut Buske Verlag, Hamburg, 1994, pp. 149-162.
  • [co-authored with Walter Seiler] 'A reanalysis of the Phonological System of Jamaican Creole', Society for Caribbean Linguistics, Occasional Papers No, 24, October 1991.
  • 'Standardisation in a Creole Continuum Situation: The Guyana Case', in Cheshire, J. (ed.), English Around the World: Sociolinguistic Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1991, pp. 585-594.
  • 'Creole languages and the development of a technological culture in the Caribbean', in Language Issues, Vol. 4, No.1, 1990.
  • 'Language variation theory in the light of co-occurrence restriction rules', York Papers in Linguistics. No.13, 1989. pp 129-139.
  • [co-authored with J .C. Pochard] 'On the diversification of deictic markers', English World Wide, Vol. 9, No.2, 1988, pp.213-266.
  • [co-authored with J.C. Pochard] 'Deixis in English-lexicon Creole: A description of a, da, and de, Lingua. 69, 1986, pp. 105-120.
  • 'Language Planning in the Creole-Speaking Caribbean: A Report', Caribbean Journal of Education. Vol. 11, Nos. 2-3,1984 (actually appearing in 1987), pp.202-217.
  • 'The decay of neo-colonial official language policies: the case of the English-lexicon Creole of the Commonwealth Caribbean', in Gorlach, M. and , Holm, J. (eds.), Varieties of English Around the World: Focus on the Caribbean, pp.23-51.
  • 'Creole language standardisation in Guyana: race, class and urban-rural factors'. York Papers in Linguistics, No.11. 1984, pp.64- 75.
  • 'Creole languages and the process of socio-economic domination in the Caribbean', Carib: Journal of the West Indies Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, No.3. 1983. pp. 52-69.
  • 'Towards the establishment of an institute for Creole language standardisation and development in the Caribbean', in Carrington, L. (ed. ), Studies in Caribbean Language, Society for Caribbean Linguistics, Trinidad and Tobago, 1983, pp. 300-316.
  • 'Comparative Afro-American, M. Alleyne: A review article', Caribbean Journal of Education, Vol. 8, No,1. 1982, pp. 102-118.

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