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 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