Matthias Brenzinger: Our Featured Linguist!
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
FYI: EIL 2012 Lecture Available Online
English as an International Language (EIL) 2012 Lecture
Globalization, Language Use, and the Teaching of English
Presenter: Professor Sandra McKay, San Francisco State University
Introduced by: Professor Farzad Sharifian, Monash University
Watch the lecture:
The following questions are explored in the presentation: What should
be the cultural basis of English teaching? What grammatical,
pragmatic, and discourse norms should apply? What should be the
cultural basis of classroom materials and methodology?