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Who We Are & What We Do

The Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics (SPCL) is organized in the interest of the academic community and not for profit.  Its object is the study and documentation of Pidgin and Creole languages worldwide, together with other languages or dialects of other languages influencing them or influenced by them. 

The Society adheres to standard ethical guidelines for academics including fieldwork.  

The first meeting of the SPCL was held in Washington in January 1989 in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America. This was three years after the launch of its affiliated publication of the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages. The background to the formation of the Society is elaborated by Glenn Gilbert (2005):  SPCL in Retrospect

Executive Committee


President until 2025

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Immediate past president, until 2025 and JPCL editor


President Elect until 2025

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President Emeritus


Secretary until 2027

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Treasurer, until 2025


Member-at-Large, until 2025

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Member-at-Large, until 2024

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Officer-at-Large until 2025

Nominations Committee

Committee on Creoles in Education 

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