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
VisLR aims at bringing together people from visual analytics and computational linguistics to discuss the potentials and the challenges related to visualizing language data and in particular language resources. Linguistics has a long tradition of visually representing language patterns, from tree representations in syntax to spectograms in phonetics. However, the large amounts and ever-increasing complexity of today's resources call for new ways of visually encoding a multitude of abstract information on language in order to assure and enhance the quality and usability of these language resources.