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 conference theme is the role of language of identity processes, such as in working life, education and the media. Invited speakers are professor Ben Rampton, King's college, Dr. Nóra Schleicher, Budapest School of Business and Communication, and professor Per Ledin, Örebro University. They will address topics such as multilanguage use in the workplace, material conditions for language acquisition/development in school and language use by workplace managers.