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
SHEL is a biennial tradition, providing for scholars the opportunity to gather and share their research and pedagogical methods in relation to the history of English worldwide. It thus serves for North American scholars as an opportunity analogous to the biennial International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL) hosted at various research centers in Europe. SHEL is not affiliated with any sole research institution or sponsoring organization. Previous SHEL conferences have been held as follows: SHEL-1 (2000) at UCLA; SHEL-2 (2002) at the University of Washington, Seattle; SHEL-3 (2004, held jointly with GLAC) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; SHEL-4 (2006) at the University of Northern Arizona; SHEL-5 (2007) at the University of Georgia, Athens; SHEL-6 (2009, held jointly with GLAC) at Banff, Alberta (hosted by the Universities of Calgary and British Columbia); SHEL-7 (2012, held jointly with GLAC) at Indian University, Bloomington.