The Guyanese Languages Unit (GLU) is an independent, volunteer-led body within the Department of Language and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Education and Humanities at the University of Guyana. It is affiliated with the International Centre for Caribbean Language Research (ICCLR).
The founding principles of the GLU are set out in The Charter for Language Policy and Language Rights in the Creole Speaking Caribbean.
The GLU is dedicated to the mission of the University of Guyana: “to discover, generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge of the highest standard for the service of the community, the nation, and of all mankind within an atmosphere of academic freedom that allows for free and critical inquiry.” (University of Guyana Academic Board, 2001)
Our activities currently fall into three broad areas:
- Advocacy: Public education about Guyana’s native languages, to combat negative stereotypes about local languages
- Language revitalisation: Supporting and encouraging individuals and communities to speak their endangered languages at home and in other social domains to ensure the languages’ survival
- Translation and Interpretation work: Translating documents and other content into Guyanese indigenous languages and Creolese for public and private entities and for all types of media
Courses offered by the GLU:
- Exploring Guyanese Creole
- Community Health Translation
Courses soon to be offered:
- Introduction to Guyana’s Indigenous Languages
- Foundation Haitian Creole
- Public Service Interpreting in Immigration Control Contexts: English & Haitian Creole