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 Special Interest Group on Natural Language Generation is pleased to announce that the 8th International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2014) will be co-located this year with the 15th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2014) in Philadelphia, PA, USA. The conference will be held 19 June – 21 June, immediately preceding ACL 2014.