Michel DeGraff

Michel DeGraff is a linguist at MIT where he focuses on syntax, on creolization as a case of language change and on the role of language in educational rights. He is also the Director of the MIT-Haiti Initiative, the LSA Representative to the AAAS Science & Human Rights Coalition and a founding member of the Haitian Creole Academy (“Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen”).


Haiti’s “linguistic apartheid” violates children’s rights and hampers development

January 31, 2017
BY: Michel DeGraff

Haiti’s educational system routinely discriminates against those who don’t ...


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