Arrindell presents PhD study on St. Martin language at library

POSTED: 12/1/11 8:21 AM

Dr. Rhoda Arrindell presents Director of the Philispburg Jubilee Library Monique Alberts (L) with a bound copy of her doctoral dissertation “Language, Culture and Identity in St Martin”.  (CLF photo)

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell presented her doctorial dissertation to about 35 educators, cultural workers, and community activists at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library on Monday. The presentation covered the process to write the dissertation, which allowed Arrindell to graduate Suma Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico last May.
Arrindell’s presentation lasted 90 minutes and included readings from the 190-page dissertation, which is titled “Language, Culture and Identity in St Martin.” She also took questions from the audience about the different features of the St. Martin’s vernacular or way of speaking.
Library Director Monique Alberts was happy with the public interest in the subject and intends to organize a follow-up session on language. She also happily took possession of a bound copy of Arrindell’s dissertation.
Monday’s lecture was jointly organized by the Philipsburg Jubilee Library and the Conscious Lyrics Foundation.

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