vicgl(Official release)

The Caribbean Genealogy Library on St. Thomas will host two lectures by Dr. Vincent Cooper, UVI English Professor and linguistics scholar. On June 12th at 2pm, Negerhollands, the Dutch Creole Language of the Danish West Indies; and on June 25th at 2pm: Oldendorp and the Question of Cultural Creolization among the Africans in the Danish West Indies.
June 12th, 2pm: Negerhollands, the Dutch Creole Language of the Danish West Indies

Dr. Vincent Cooper will present this Sunday June 12th at 2pm on Negerhollands: the Dutch Creole Language of the Danish West Indies. Dr. Cooper has written about languages and vernaculars of the Caribbean for over 20 years and earned his doctoral degree from Princeton University. He will engage the audience in: Greetings in Dutch creole grammar, the basic Dutch creole sentence patterns, examples of Dutch creole stories from interviews with Alice Stevens in 1984 organized by Dr. Gilbert Sprauve, examples of Dutch creole stories from Dr. Robin Sabino’s Online data collection, and similarities and differences between Dutch Creole and Other Caribbean Creoles.

June 25th, 2pm: Oldendorp and the Question of Cultural Creolization among the Africans in the Danish West Indies

Dr. Cooper will lead a discussion on Pre-18th century culture contact and creolization between Africans and Europeans. His discussion will be based on his study on Oldendorp and African Religions in the Danish West Indies. The study looks at the phenomena of (1) religious syncretism in Africa and the Caribbean, and (2) reaction of bussals, or newly arrived Africans to Caribbean plantation culture. But it also deals with language to the extent that language demonstrates the presence of religious syncretism in particular areas of Africa from which some groups of Africans were brought to the Danish West Indies during the 18th century.

Both presentations are based on articles written by Dr. Cooper and deal with the language and culture of Africans living in the Danish West Indies during the mid 18th century.

Vincent O. Cooper holds a Masters and PhD in linguistics from Princeton University. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, a linguist, poet, and literary critic. His work has appeared in international journals and anthologies in Canada, the United States, Germany, Denmark, and throughout the Caribbean region, in international journals and poetry collections.

Both workshops are based on papers written by Dr. Cooper. The article on African religions in the DWI was published in the Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora, in 2008. The editor is Dr. Carole Boyce Davies. The article on Dutch creole grammar was published in Dr. Gudrun Maier’s collection of essays on Oldendorp’s work in the DWI. The abbreviated title is Oldendorp 2002. The book was published in 2010 in Germany.

The Caribbean Genealogy Library’s mission is to identify, preserve and provide access to Caribbean genealogy, history and cultural heritage information resources for the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean and to promote and encourage their use for family history documentation, education and scholarship. To learn more, call (340) 714-2136

For more information on the Caribbean Genealogy Library visit their web site, cgl.vi, call 340-714-2136 or email caribgenlibrary@gmail.com