It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
We are very pleased to finally be able to introduce CreoLIST, an electronic mailing list for discussion on pidgins, creoles, intertwined languages, language contact, and related subjects.
When writing this, it is about four hours since we publicly announced the list to 150 persons with interest in the field, and we now have about 20 subscribers. We hope that as many of you as possible will join us. We are sure that you will find it worthwhile, and we are convinced that it will contribute to the vitality of the debate on language restructuring.
To subscribe, send a blank message to "CreoLIST@ling.su.se" with "%SUBSCRIBE" _in the subject line_ (and please don't forget the %). You will then automatically receive a welcome message which provides you with further information.
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Mikael Parkvall Jens Edlund
Department of Linguistics Stockholm University
Dear LINGUIST readers,
Last semester, I taught an undergraduate field methods course on the Mon language (Mon-Khmer family, Burma and Thailand). This year, instead of having students write term papers, I had them produce web pages abou various parts of the grammar of the language, and combined the results into a brief on-line grammar of the language.
Those interested in the results may view it a http://www.albany.edu/anthro/mon. Three of my students and I are continuing to revise the pages this semester, and comments are very much welcome.
Overall, I was happy with the result, and I think I will do this again for the next field methods I taught. I felt that some advantages of this approach were:
* students were more engaged in a collaborative effort, rather than ten separate term papers * students were excited about using new technology * students had a clearer sense of the need for accuracy (since our results are open to the public) * the technology of the web allowed us to include sound files illustrating some of the phonological distinctions in the language. * the hypertext nature of the web makes cross-references easy * students did not have to spend much time learning HTML (the markup language for web pages)
* it is very difficult to maintain consistency in the spelling of words across all the pages - this is a constant headache that we're still working on. * possibilities for using different fonts (especially phonetic fonts) is currently very limited for most web browsers, so we couldn't use all the special symbols we wanted. * the instructor needs to know HTML pretty thoroughly to make this work. (On the other hand, HTML is really very simple. Anyone who can do modern linguistics certainly has the ability to learn this in a few days.)
If anyone else is interested in talking about the use of web pages for online grammatical sketches or for field methods classes, I'd be happy to talk about it with you.
Best wishes, - ------------------------------------------------------------------------ George Aaron Broadwell, firstname.lastname@example.org Anthropology; Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY 12222 | 518-442-4711 - ------------------------------------------------------------------------ "Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat" -- John Morley
The third lecture in my course on the World Wide Web called "Critical Semiotics" is now online. The course, sponsored by the Cyber Semiotic Institute, is embedded in the web site of the _Semiotic Review of Books_ (located at http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/epc/srb). Please see the description of the second lecture below.