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 American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI) at the University of Arizona is hosting a national conference on Indigenous languages on June 17 and 18, 2013, ‘Re-visiting the State of Indigenous Languages.’ The purpose of the conference is to re-assess and re-evaluate the status of Indigenous languages. The conference will address three key questions related to the vitality of US Indigenous languages: where have we been, what do we know and where are we going? These questions will be applied to the Native American Language Act, language documentation and pedagogical trends. The conference provides an opportunity to make a critical examination of the history of Indigenous language vitality, existing documentation and the various methodologies that have been adopted and practiced in an effort to save these languages.
Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics