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
Pitch and timbre are two essential and complementary perceptual attributes in human speech and music. During this workshop, we propose to revisit the principal productive, perceptual, and cognitive differences/similarities that have been so far described between language and music along these two frequency levels. Examples from various different languages and musical traditions from different continents will be chosen to illustrate the discussions. We also encourage the participation of researchers who have been investigating phenomena of direct music-language interactions, such as the influence of speakers’ native language on the structure of their music (correspondence of pitch patterns in instrumental music/songs/spoken speech in tone and non-tone language; influence of spoken formant ratios on musical scales, etc.) or the impact of musical experience/deficiency on speech production and perception.