Ph.D. Anthropology

I study the relationship between language and identity in Aruba and Curaçao and its effects on language policy and education.  More specifically, I research how people discuss and debate issues and ideologies surrounding Papiamentu, the official language in Aruba and Curaçao, on Facebook.  How are people discussing the creole language compared to the colonial languages present on the islands?  I want to further analyze whether these ideological debates mirror the sentiments of the speakers and if they affect language policies in education.  I then use this data to research whether these ideologies are subsequently reinforced in a classroom setting.