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Bus Prof - How I got into LADO, and what I got out of it: A Webinar with Professor Peter Patrick

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Peter L. Patrick is Professor of Sociolinguistics and a Member of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, having previously taught at Georgetown University. He was born in New York City and grew up in Jamaica WI, acquiring Jamaican Creole as his second language.  His research interests include language variation, language rights, Creole languages, doctor-patient communication, and forensic linguistics. He is the author of Urban Jamaican Creole: Variation in the Mesolect (1999, Benjamins), of Comparative Creole Syntax: Parallel Outlines of 18 Creole Grammars (2007, Battlebridge) with John A. Holm, and of Language Analysis for Determination of Origin (LADO): Theory, practice and methods (2018, Springer), with Monika Schmid and Karin Zwaan. He is coeditor of a forthcoming volume on Language Rights with John Packer. An expert on Creole languages, he has assisted in the development of Jamaican Language adult education programmes in the UK, and testified in US and UK civil and criminal courts, employment and education tribunals. Since 2004 he has worked to challenge and develop the use of linguistics as a tool for determining origins in asylum applications. He has authored expert opinions in over 100 cases in UK asylum tribunals, consulting on cases before the Court of Appeals (England & Wales), the Court of Session (Scotland), and the UK Supreme Court. As a founding member of the Language & National Origin Group he co-authored the Guidelines for the Use of Language Analysis in Relation to Questions of National Origin in Refugee Cases (2004), cited in thousands of asylum cases worldwide. He co-founded the Language & Asylum Research Group with Diane Eades to stimulate research and promote best-practice in LADO, and has engaged with government agencies, commercial language firms, lawyers, doctors, geneticists, immigration judges, and human rights practitioners, in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales and the USA. An interest in the social nature of language, and a commitment to fair representation and human rights of speakers, runs through all his work. He has been an elected officer of the University and College Union (UCU) at Essex since 2008.

 Please join this talk online using this Collaborate link on 26 February at 18:00.

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