"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
The Afranaph Project, http://www.africananaphora.rutgers.edu/, which was originally designed to explore empirical patterns of anaphoric phenomena in the languages of Africa, has expanded its empirical scope, using the infrastructure developed in the last nine years, to initiate explorations in other domains of grammar in the languages of Africa and perhaps beyond. The purpose of APDW-2, to be held at Rutgers University, is to encourage the development of research that exploits our data and our database, to consider proposals for new domains of research that suit our methodology and resources, and to bring together those who have worked on the project or the languages that are studied in it and to consider how best to develop the project over the next several years as a platform for research into new empirical domains.
Language Documentation; Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Syntax