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
The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia is pleased to host the Northwest Linguistics Conference from April 26-27, 2013. The Northwest Linguistics Conference is a graduate student-run conference held on a rotating annual basis, between the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, and the University of Washington. The aim of the NWLC is to provide a venue for students to present their work in a friendly atmosphere, and to connect with fellow student researchers from other universities, both locally and internationally.