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
For many years, formal linguistics has focused on the ‘idealized’ monolingual speaker. Other areas of linguistics have been more concerned with ‘real life’ situations, where speakers often know multiple languages to a greater or lesser extent. During the past 20 years, work has started to emerge within the formal literature studying the representation of grammars in speakers who are multilingual. At the same time, psycholinguistic studies of bilingualism have contributed significantly to our understanding of bilingualism and multilingualism. This conference aims to discuss work on both the formal and experimental side, focusing on how to best approach the study of multilingualism.
Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax