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: R.M.W Dixon's acceptance speech: Bloomfield prize
The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia
by R. M. W. Dixon,
Oxford University Press, 2004
A culmination of over 20 years' work, this book was awarded the prestigious
Leonard Bloomfield Award in 2006 by the Linguistics Society of America for
the best book published across all fields of linguistics, worldwide, during
the two-year period March 2003 - February 2005.
Although Dixon was unable to attend the ceremony in Albuquerque in January
2006, an acceptance speech (pdf file, 11.7KB) was read on his behalf.
Professor R. M. W. Dixon's acceptance speech is available at: