"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 theme of the conference is 'Empowering African Languages: Challenges and Solutions.' Language is an important tool for development in our society, and most African languages are either underdeveloped or undeveloped. The conference seeks to examine the challenges that these languages face, and the possible solutions to these problems, so that they can be developed to meet the needs of its speakers not just in communication but as well in education and other areas of human endeavor.
General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics