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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.

09:20Welcome & Introduction  
Lutz Marten (SOAS, London) and Shihan de Silva (ICwS, London)

09:30 "Evidence of contact languages in the Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913"
Magnus Huber (Giessen)

10:10"Language making and ownership from the perspective of writing creoles"
Angela Bartens (Turku)


11:00 "Macau Portuguese Creole (Makista) at the crossroads of the Asian Portuguese Creoles"
Mario Pinharanda Nunes (Macau)

11:40"The Genitive in Malacca Portuguese Creole and Luso-Asian Creoles"
Robert Laub (SOAS, London)

12:20Lunch (own arrangements)

13:20 "Sri Lanka Portuguese: Survival on the Margins

Shihan de Silva (ICwS, London)

14:10 "The politics of Portuguese and Creole in Guinea-Bissau"
Carla Figueira (Goldsmiths, London)


15:00"Dominica Creole" 
Violet Cuffy (Bedfordshire)

15:40"Cameroon Pidgin English: Insights from a spoken corpus"
Melanie Green (Sussex) and Gabriel Ozón (University of Sheffield)

16:20"The distribution of African-origin lexicon across semantic domains in Caribbean Creole languages"
Silvia Kouwenberg (University of West Indies)

17:00Roundtable Discussion

17:30 Conclusion

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Organised in collaboration with the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Registration:  Standard £10 | Students/unwaged £7

Register separately here for the first day of the conference held at IMLR on 24 March: 'French Creoles: Homage to the late Professor Philip Baker