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Leslie   Vandeputte

Assistant Professor
College of Education
the American University in the Emirates (United Arab Emirates)

I am a linguistic anthropologist. My particular interests are creoles, specifically Bislama and Melanesian Pidgins. My research has incorporated both practical and theoretical perspectives looking at contemporary language practices in multilingual contexts and also examining linguistic ideologies. My work experience in linguistic anthropology spans language planning, language policy, educative language policies, language ideology, contact languages, youth linguistic practices, gendered linguistic practices and diglossia. I am also very interested in sociolinguistics and anthropology more broadly, and have particular interest in ethnographical practices. I have extensive international research, fieldwork and university teaching experience. I am currently teaching at the University of New Caledonia (UNC). In addition to my teaching duties I am involved in a research program funded by a French commission (DGLFLF), working on language practices in urban contexts, particularly on the use of Bislama in Nouméa. My aim is to conduct research on bilingual speakers in order to understand identification processes in everyday languages practices.

I obtained my Doctorate from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales – EHESS) in 2014. I was also a member of the Centre for Research and Documentation on Oceania (CREDO), at Aix-Marseille University from 2007 to 2014, which gave me opportunities to publish for scholarly and general
Member of
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
Geographic administrative areas
Geographic places
Port Vila
New Caledonia
Historical periods
21st century
20th century
Indigenous languages
Bislama, Port Sandwich

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